Mary Carolyn Davies

Mary Caroline Davies was born in Sprague, Washington in the early 1890s and moved to Portland, Oregon when she was 12. She attended the University of California-Berkeley for one year, where she won the Emily Chamberlin Cook prize for poetry in her freshman year, and was the first woman to win the Bohemian Club Prize for poetry. Davies moved to Greenwich Village as a young woman, working as a freelance writer and writing short stories and poems. After a move back to Portland, Oregon, she served as president of the Women’s Press Club of Oregon and president of the Northwest Poetry Society. Davies eventually moved back to New York in the 1930s.


To-night the little girl-nun died. Her hands were laid Across her breast; the last sun tried To kiss her quiet braid; And where the little river cried, Her grave was made. The little girl-nun’s soul, in awe, Went silently To where her brother Christ she saw, Under the Living Tree; He sighed, and his face...

By Mary Carolyn Davies
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17 November