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(Poets and Poetry in America)

In addition to his life as a poet, Peter Davison carved out a distinguished career as an editor, including his many years as poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly and as a consulting editor at Houghton Mifflin. Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman (1978), a posthumous collection edited by Davison, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry in 1978.

Davison also wrote two autobiographical works: Half Remembered: A Personal History (1973), which recounts the story of his life from birth until his early forties, and The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston, from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath, 1955- 1960 (1994), which offers his personal perspective on a significant midcentury poetry renaissance. One of the Dangerous Trades: Essays on the Work and Workings of Poetry (1991) is a collection of essays on poetry and poets.