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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Doris Davenport  

Pen Name: None


Born: January 1, 1917 in Moline, Illinois

Died: June 18, 1980

-- Doris Davenport on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Davenport was born in Moline, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Davenport was an American film actress.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Eat Thunder & Drink Rain: Poems
ISBN: 0960868003

D. Davenport. 1982

Poetry influenced by the vagaries of living in Los angeles and mostly not liking it, of longing for home (Cornelia,Georgia) and of the "politics" of life in the '80's.

Voodoo Chile - Slight Return: Poems

Soque Street Press. 1991

Poetry collection

Madness Like Morning Glories: Poems
ISBN: 0807129917

Louisiana State Univ Pr. 2005

In her enchanting poem sequence, Doris Davenport introduces readers to Soque Street and its "Afrilacian" residents. These African Americans inhabiting an Appalachian community in northeast Georgia live in a world where magic threads daily life, and the living and dead commingle. Ghosts, self-propelled caskets, and sensate trees are as natural as morning glories to these characters, who are at once eccentric and universal, peculiar and welcoming.

Told in intersecting and overlapping monologues, the poems create a refreshing portrait of small-town life, with its mix of quotidian concerns and the larger experiences of love, passion, grief, jealousy, and madness. The story of Soque Street moves from voice to voice and through a mix of poetic forms with ease and confidence. Sometimes frightening, often funny, and always compelling and potent, Madness like Morning Glories is a major achievement by a poet of tremendous originality who possesses an intuition for the subtle secrets of language.

Soque is a Cherokee word turned Black on the Hill across the railroad track, in Appalachian foothills where madness like morning glories took over everyone trying to be insane and acceptable all the time and all the while, hainted. Two rows of houses along the railroad track Mr. Oscar Wise, the Peanut Man, and his family still there in the air and honeysuckles, hainted. Mack, our cousin, said he saw a casket roll down Soque, Stop in front of 103 and roll back up the hill again. —from "Ceremony for 103 Soque Street"



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