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The Gates of Never presents speculative poetry by one of the field's rising voices. Erudite without pretension, Deborah L. Davitt's debut collection fuses history, mythology, and magic seamlessly with futurism, science, and science fiction. “With the Gates of Never Deborah Davitt offers us a sumptuous exploration of the cosmic and the mythic, the historic and th The Gates of Never presents speculative poetry by one of the field's rising voices. Erudite without pretension, Deborah L. Davitt's debut collection fuses history, mythology, and magic seamlessly with futurism, science, and science fiction. “With the Gates of Never Deborah Davitt offers us a sumptuous exploration of the cosmic and the mythic, the historic and the familiar. Her lines hum with memory and imagination, forging a distinctive landscape of voice and omen, whether it’s taking on sea wolves or ancient empires, the mysteries of the human heart or a single leaf. This is a finely-tuned collection for those who dare to dream deeply in a vast cosmos.” –Bryan Thao Worra, NEA Fellow in Literature. "Rich in humanity and mythology, Deborah Davitt‘s stunning poetry collection THE GATES OF NEVER overflows with eloquence and dark beauty." –Christina Sng, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES "In The Gates of Never, Deborah L. Davitt plumbs the everyday and the eldritch, ancient past and technological future, the dance of bone and skin, of seed and flower, of eros and thanatos: bodies cleaving — flesh joining and also splitting, stone and metal changing and reshaping — to form old and new lives and entities, based in magic and myth as well as rocket fuel and neon, a startlingly familiar amalgam of the sacred and the profane. Davitt’s exquisite poems will set your imagination on emerald fire." –Vince Gotera, Editor, STAR*LINE and the NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW ​


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The Gates of Never presents speculative poetry by one of the field's rising voices. Erudite without pretension, Deborah L. Davitt's debut collection fuses history, mythology, and magic seamlessly with futurism, science, and science fiction. “With the Gates of Never Deborah Davitt offers us a sumptuous exploration of the cosmic and the mythic, the historic and th The Gates of Never presents speculative poetry by one of the field's rising voices. Erudite without pretension, Deborah L. Davitt's debut collection fuses history, mythology, and magic seamlessly with futurism, science, and science fiction. “With the Gates of Never Deborah Davitt offers us a sumptuous exploration of the cosmic and the mythic, the historic and the familiar. Her lines hum with memory and imagination, forging a distinctive landscape of voice and omen, whether it’s taking on sea wolves or ancient empires, the mysteries of the human heart or a single leaf. This is a finely-tuned collection for those who dare to dream deeply in a vast cosmos.” –Bryan Thao Worra, NEA Fellow in Literature. "Rich in humanity and mythology, Deborah Davitt‘s stunning poetry collection THE GATES OF NEVER overflows with eloquence and dark beauty." –Christina Sng, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES "In The Gates of Never, Deborah L. Davitt plumbs the everyday and the eldritch, ancient past and technological future, the dance of bone and skin, of seed and flower, of eros and thanatos: bodies cleaving — flesh joining and also splitting, stone and metal changing and reshaping — to form old and new lives and entities, based in magic and myth as well as rocket fuel and neon, a startlingly familiar amalgam of the sacred and the profane. Davitt’s exquisite poems will set your imagination on emerald fire." –Vince Gotera, Editor, STAR*LINE and the NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW ​

24 review for The Gates of Never

  1. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    "Centuries after Olympus fell to dust, she lingers, more immortal than those who sentenced her so" Cosmo Pop Quiz! Are you interested in: a) mythology b) history c) space d) poetry e) all of the above? If you chose any of the options, you should probably check this poetry collection out. Unfortunately for me, I'm not particularly into any, or all, of these subjects (except for mythology and history, maybe- at least, I e "Centuries after Olympus fell to dust, she lingers, more immortal than those who sentenced her so" Cosmo Pop Quiz! Are you interested in: a) mythology b) history c) space d) poetry e) all of the above? If you chose any of the options, you should probably check this poetry collection out. Unfortunately for me, I'm not particularly into any, or all, of these subjects (except for mythology and history, maybe- at least, I enjoyed those poems the most), so this book didn't really have much of an effect on me, nor do I think it was very memorable, I'm already beginning to forget most of it and I only JUST finished it. Even though I just admitted that I maybe shouldn't have requested the book at all since it wasn't really my thing from the get-go, I think it's important to get out of your comfort zone once in a while, and this book did that for me. I respect it for that. I also had two more problems with the book: while the poems felt (and I say "felt" because I don't have any actual, concrete knowledge about poetry) technically good, if not great, the author also felt like she kept me at arm's length the entire time, and that their writing voice was rather clinical and detached. Plus, I think that the collection could have benefited from being separated into clear sections, history/ mythology and space/ science fiction, because, especially towards the end, I don't think the two subjects blended well. However, I should also mention my favourite poems: Lamia (see excerpt above), Russalka, The Stone Garden, and Storm Miners. **I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Milam

    The past haunts the present, a drift of ancient scent... Each of us contains the mortal remains of ancestors ten thousand years gone. We are their lost battles, their relics, their burial grounds; we are their ghosts, haunting one another unquietly. Searing poems about the intersections of history and mythology, magic and cosmology, future and present.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    While I really enjoy poetry and several different forms, I didn’t enjoy this collection. I wasn’t enjoying it when I started it because nothing connected to each other topic wise and I was very confused. It might’ve made more sense if the collection was organized by topics but nope it wasn’t. I won’t be continuing with any of their other works if it’s published sadly because it took me 3 weeks to get through instead of in one sitting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    c

    I would like to start this off by saying I got a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 1. This has nothing to do with the book itself, but I did find that the kindle version had really strange spacing (ex. "wh o" or "al l"). I'm not sure if some of it was intentional but I would just like to point that out in case there was any way of fixing it. 2. I really loved reading this book. The poetry was beautifully written and there are many times I looked away to really thi I would like to start this off by saying I got a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 1. This has nothing to do with the book itself, but I did find that the kindle version had really strange spacing (ex. "wh o" or "al l"). I'm not sure if some of it was intentional but I would just like to point that out in case there was any way of fixing it. 2. I really loved reading this book. The poetry was beautifully written and there are many times I looked away to really think and process what I had read. The Last Swan was my favorite by far. I would love to read this book again and I would recommend to any poetry lover. Davitt mixed folklore, history, mythology, and even science fiction together, so I initially thought they would clash, but the author did an amazing job of blending them together. 3. However that being said, I did find myself getting lost or skimming through the pages a few times. I became a little antsy when I read too much in one sitting. I did absolutely love this book. I would love to buy a physical copy when it comes out for my personal library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason Muckley

    "The Gates of Never" by Deborah L Davitt can be described as modern mythology and fairy tales. There are some recognizable tales and stories she weaves into her poetry to tell new fables for modern ears. Her poetry is deep and rich with imagery and passion filling each word. This new anthology sparks the imagination to revisit classic tales from a new perspective that is both eye-opening and stimulating. I received this as an eBook from Finishing Line Press via NetGalley in "The Gates of Never" by Deborah L Davitt can be described as modern mythology and fairy tales. There are some recognizable tales and stories she weaves into her poetry to tell new fables for modern ears. Her poetry is deep and rich with imagery and passion filling each word. This new anthology sparks the imagination to revisit classic tales from a new perspective that is both eye-opening and stimulating. I received this as an eBook from Finishing Line Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the title. I did not receive any compensation from either company. The opinions expressed herein are completely my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary

    Review to come. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do enjoy the occasional collection, especially if the poems share similar themes or at least related topics. This collection is in the speculative vein and focuses on history, mythology and space. I will say, I found the first section a little dull, quite possibly because while I like history, I have a more general understanding of everything pre-1700, as my interest lies more on late Victori I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do enjoy the occasional collection, especially if the poems share similar themes or at least related topics. This collection is in the speculative vein and focuses on history, mythology and space. I will say, I found the first section a little dull, quite possibly because while I like history, I have a more general understanding of everything pre-1700, as my interest lies more on late Victorian to the Interim War Period. But the poems are short enough they kept my interest even if I did feel I was missing a couple of references. I became more invested when the subject shifted to mythology (both ancient Greek/Roman and Western). While different interpretations of the myths are not innovative (there are many books that do this), I do enjoy a clever retelling. These were both fun and sometimes poignant. Where the poems really took off for me was the section about space and futurism. Being a sci-fi writer myself and having named my daughter after Mars (the planet, not the God), it’s no surprise I absolutely loved the sequence comparing the planets (visually) with their mythological namesakes. These poems really drew me in. A couple I even re-read. Overall, the collection is easy to digest, with touches of humour and sprinklings of modernity. My favourite poems were: Gargoyle Russalka The Journey Once Human Diaspora There weren’t any poems I disliked, except The Storm Miners. It was too heavy-handed in its parallels to 18th-century sailing – the all-male crew didn’t make sense for a poem about the future.

  8. 4 out of 5

    IdaMoAa

    Disclaimer : I was sent a copy of this book from Netgalley to give an honest review. "little knowing that the hunter and the hunted were one and the same" A poetry book filled with lore and myths really caught my interest. It is filled with magic and great ideas, making me want more. I really loved the feeling it gave (beautifully matching the stormfull night i read it), and I even found some favourites I'll remember. Two things stood out to me, hindering me from givin Disclaimer : I was sent a copy of this book from Netgalley to give an honest review. "little knowing that the hunter and the hunted were one and the same" A poetry book filled with lore and myths really caught my interest. It is filled with magic and great ideas, making me want more. I really loved the feeling it gave (beautifully matching the stormfull night i read it), and I even found some favourites I'll remember. Two things stood out to me, hindering me from giving it a higher rating. I found some repetitiveness in the usage of words without it giving more meaning to the text. Also, I'm not sure if the repeating of "the Reliquary" was done on purpose or not, but it made me stop and wonder if I had read it somewhere else, or if I'd accidentally changed the page I was reading (I read it on the kindle app) But over all, a new and interesting take on myths and lore in poetry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Blythe

    The Gates of Never is a beautifully accessible collection of poetry that explores and blends history, mythology, and magic with science and science fiction. These poems morph between being moving, irreverent, and erotic — a great collection of work. I interviewed Davitt for the New Books in Poetry podcast, which you can listen to here or on the podcast app of your choice.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mel Tinsley

    Thank you netgalley and the author for a chance to read and review! This is a lovely poetry book, split in a thought provoking way, and it almost sings to you. There were a few parts that the flow hung me up but it got back on track quickly

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    The Gates of Never is an interesting and well-written collection of fantasy and science fiction verse from a poet who has had work in many notable places. A mingling of a medium and genre I love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  13. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Brown

  14. 4 out of 5

    C. S.

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    Molly

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    Erin

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    Els

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    Brat

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Vanderlind

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alyazia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ben Varner

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Thompson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emmyz Azuby

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isa

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