Review of Blue Poodle by Marie Lecrivain, posted on her blog, "Al Khemia Poetica" April 2012:
"A poet's task, among many others, is to trace back the thread, map the events that have shaped her into the person she has/will ultimately become. Georgia Jones-Davis's chapbook, Blue Poodle," accomplishes this feat with a solid, visual gathering of narrative poems that explore her familial history as well as her love of other poets.
Jones-Davis, a literary journalist and former book review editor, has put her talents to good use. Each poem in "Blue Poodle" is carefully crafted, and, surprisingly honest, with a balanced mix of photographic language, tight
verse and fierce truths. The end result of "Blue Poodle" can be compared to a poetic short film festival with enough variety to keep the reader engaged: familial disappointment and dysfunction ("Wave Drag," "Put Me Away" and "Your Father.");
the lasting damage of historical events on a family's legacy ("Emily at Auschwitz"); seminal events of the author's youth ("Night of the Nightmares," "Missing Don Ho" and "The Visitors.") and poetic homage ("Keats," "26 Piazza di Spagna" and "Listening to Anne Sexton.")
There are also a handful of short but lovely "in the moment" pieces where Jones-Davis shares an ephemeral and highly personal glimpse into her private world, as in the poem, "The Day Tumbles Away Like a Butterfly."
Jones-Davis' biography mentions that she started to write and publish her work at a young age but, in her college years, was diverted by a discouraging poetry workshop. So she spent the next couple of decades writing literary criticism, living life and raising a family, which, in my opinion, was the right thing to do.
The result is "Blue Poodle," a triumphant return for Jones-Davis, and a literary gem for poetry lovers."Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]