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Black poetry book covering showing a Black woman reclining with an American flag draping her hips.

The Hill Rag says 'a more perfect Union' runs a splendid gamut.

From The Washington Independent Review of Books --"Simmering wisdom into flesh, into language, is exactly what the poet has done in this collection. It’s a knockout."

The Poetic Hill column of The Capitol Rag newspaper featuring a picture of Teri and her book cover.

“‘I have become an ordering of the unpredictable,’ Teri Ellen Cross Davis writes in the poem ‘The Goddess of Blood,’ and she could be describing her own work: unpredictable in the best sense, ordering chaos as the best poetry must do. This is an important collection, full of anger and tenderness and a sure command of language.” —Linda Pastan

These poems are hopeful, yes, and also smart and honest. They are as purple as a funky lyric or a keloidal scar. You’ll find resilience and resistance and rough sweet magic in these poems by Teri Ellen Cross Davis. You’ll find the truth.”

Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

My new collection, a more perfect Union, is available now from Mad Creek Books, an imprint of Ohio State University Press!  The manuscript was selected by Kathy Fagan for the 2019 OSU Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. 


Some poems from this book have been published in Harvard Review, Kestrel, Natural Bridge, Pacific Literary Review, Pank, Poetry Ireland Review,Tin House, and upcoming in Rosebud and Kenyon Review. 

The cover photo was taken by Mignonette Dooley Johnson and the book cover was designed by Angela Moody.

Here is more information about the Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

I am open to readings-virtual (for now) and in person (hopefully when the pandemic ends). Contact me at tecdpoet at

The Journal Charles B. Wheeler Prize announcement featuring Teri Ellen Cross Davis.
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