​About ​​​​​​The Poems

   Sheer Poetry​ was published by Virginia writer Donna Lee Davis in 1981.

​   Sheer Poetry Revisited ​features favorites from that first volume as well as            new work.  Its rich imagery celebrates passion, whimsy and spirituality.

         89 poems in 115 pages, available now from amazon.com

Praise for Sheer Poetry . . .

"We who write about such horrors as war need [her] reminders of another world."

                                  ---Cardinal John J. O'Connor, Archbishop of New York; Author, A Chaplain Looks at Vietnam

"They resemble the poems of Emily Dickinson . . . old-fashioned in the way the poetry of A. E. Houseman is old-fashioned--the simple language, the short lines, the rueful look at love . . .  I do not use these hallowed names irreverently but I see a definite connection and one which in no way dishonors these great writers.  I offer my congratulations." ---Levin Houston, The Free Lance-Star

"A gentle spirit attuned to other hearts." ---Edwin P. Elliott, Publisher

And for Sheer Poetry Revisited . . .

"Taut, powerful poetry.  Much in little.  Unflinching honesty in expression of universal issues of the heart.  Mastery of condensation.  Total control of both the short emotion-filled poem and the longer humorous narrative or depiction of love.  Deserves a much wider audience and recognition of worth.  My prediction:  This poet's acclaim is yet to come." ---Sidney H. Mitchell, Educator 

"Donna Lee Davis writes tight, taut . . . and vivid.  The poems in this lovely volume generally take less than a page . . . but still manage to be powerful.  A personal favorite is 'Cycles':  'I loved until my heart near burst with loving./I wept 'til I was surely drained of tears./I wished until stars hid to see me coming;/I prayed until the angels stopped their ears./I lived until I craved the peace of dying./I died a secret death; only I knew./And now I live again, entreating, sighing/--a weeping fool.  I live:  I love anew.'"---Melanie Rigney, Author

"Life is rewarding when you laugh a lot, keep close to nature and to God, hold folly to a minimum, find useful work, and love someone who loves you back . . .  So far, so good."

About The Author

"Even as a child I was fascinated by poetry.  Its economy of language and intensity of feeling combined irresistibly for me long before I recognized it to be, at its best, an art form.  Naturally then, even as a child I attempted poetry, experimenting with the cadences and colors of words, learning by doing . . . I don't care for poetry so personal that it is a locked door, or so scholarly that it wears a 'restricted' sign . . . I like a poem with the substance of brown bread and the weight of cotton candy.  I do not ask that it teach me, but I demand that it reach me . . . and as I am nourished I wish to be entertained."​                                                                

In 1999 Donna Lee Davis completed a 33-year career with the Marines at Quantico and was awarded the Department of the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.  Her short fiction has appeared in Carpe Articulum Literary Review (2010) and has been shortlisted for The Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award (2007).   In 2016 with historian William J. Shorter she co-authored Here Is The Church:  A History of St. Mary Parish, celebrating the rich Roman Catholic heritage of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  And in 2017 she published Matter of Discretion:

"I wanted to write a novel about the people I knew at Quantico, and I started writing in the late 1970's! Many of the Marine judge advocates I worked with assumed the book was about one of the many high profile cases we tried.  But it was never that.  Years ago I told my onetime boss and lifelong friend Chaplain John J. O'Connor (who became Cardinal O'Connor) that he was the inspiration for the priest protagonist.  Over the years he encouraged me to 'keep writing.'  I think Father John would be pleased."

Donna  makes her home at The Briarfields in Hartwood, Virginia.