News from the Raven

I just received my copy of News from the Raven: Essays from Sam Houston State University on Medieval and Renaissance Thought. I don’t have an essay in this book, but I designed the cover for my friend Dr. Darcy Hill.

The book is a compilation of essays that were presented last year at the Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Culture and Thought that was hosted at Sam Houston State University. It has essays on literature, architecture, culture, music, rhetoric and composition. Several of my friends have essays published here. I keep flipping through the pages admiring what a good job Anna Jennings did with the interior layout. The publishers, Cambridge Scholars, seemed demanding when we were working with them, but the result is really nice.

Strings of Solace

By Kim Davis © 2011

Late, late, late! It seemed like no matter how early she started getting ready she just could not get out of the apartment on time. Now she was going to blow her interview with Dr. Bonham before she ever got there. Crap! Of course she had neglected to plan enough time to park, and totally ignored the fact that she didn’t know her way around the Northwestern campus. Continue reading “Strings of Solace”

Christmas Winds

I’d met Paul in early November. I had dined with other catamaran crews, and stopped for a last beer on the way out through the quay-side bar packed with yachties. Over a terrible meal of “rotis” we cat crews had all told outrageous “puking punter stories,” puking punters being our overwhelming favorite topic of conversation. Continue reading “Christmas Winds”

Really Old

One of us is really old
Crotchety and demanding
Forgets she’s had her dinner
And yells like she’s panhandling.

Friends of every stripe despair
Wishing her voice was sweeter
But it’s no good complaining
’cause no one’s going to beat her!

We grumble to ourselves
And fill her bowl again
She’ll do exactly what she wants
Our dear old feline friend.

by Kim Davis