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Second Oldest: A Poetic History of Philadelphia

January 29, 2014

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PS Books is pleased to announce the publication of Second Oldest: A Poetic History of Philadelphia by Blythe Davenport.

The poems in Second Oldest tell the story of the city and her people, past and present, through fresh and haunting images.

“Blythe Davenport’s mastery of the intricate and unexpected image guides us back and forth from past to present in her poetic portraits of the Philadelphia landscape. She fills her poems with voices, places, and lines like ‘the sun flexes his supernova arm, punching/a perfect round brilliant/in the bruised evening sky.’ This is a book well worth reading and rereading for its informed voice, its subtlety, its grace.”

—Donna Wolf-Palacio, author of What I Don’t Know

About the author

Blythe Davenport has found her muse in Philadelphia—the city past and present, abandoned and inhabited, real and imagined. Philadelphia is home to icons both hallowed and reviled, and its role in United States history has a mythological quality. Blythe received her BA from St John’s College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. Her writing can be found in Chronogram Magazine, Painted Bride QuarterlyMad Poets Review, and the PS Books anthology Forgotten Philadelphia: Art and Writing Inspired by Philadelphia Heritage Sites. This is her first book.

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