In his Foreword to the book, contest judge Gregory Orr writes
"a reader of Pamela Davis’s Lunette cannot escape for a single page, or even a single line her amazing liveliness of language—it’s alert to the world, deft with the word that will catch that world whirling past. Catch it and fix it— pinned to the page with a sardonic wit."
Poet, fiction writer, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner in poetry for Space in Chains Laura Kasischke praises Lunette’ s “collection of poems resonating across space and time with their mysterious music and otherworldly voices.”
Grace Cavalieri writing in Washington Independent Review of Books says “Davis is charismatic. Each poem becomes charged, changing the calcification of words to living encounters. I like so much the poems about her father, grandmother, mother, family. Her father was a mortician and a gambler...after work he soaked his arches in formaldehyde. I’d stare at his feet, flat/as bottom fish...
(Davis) speaks of marriage too and colors each word in a way not seen before...not afraid to show the kinds of truth in love. There are travel poems. A new look at Paris with a mobile heart. This is not poetry of illusion and fantasy. These are real poems in a real world, marvelously stated. She goes down roads we do not know— speaking of wanting a baby—with the great gift of indirectness...Davis creates keen caring poems where we find out who the speaker is with a new sense in every poem, each in a different kind of language. What a feat to be so versatile, to have such inner resources—poetry as lines of inquiry into our complex existence. There’s much speculation about the life and death cycle, beyond family, even to birds, and dogs, and dead cats, but never over-elaborately. Always just right. This is a substantively important poet who knows who she is—then, we learn more who we are, by the reading." (Grace Cavalieri, May 19, 2015.)
Dorianne Laux praises Lunette’ s “willful, wry, rangy and raw...poems, always on the move, always pushing forward through time and place with fresh lush language, abundant details, and in rhythm with the sad and beautiful stories they tell.”
“A magical network of imagery and imagery,” writes poetry critic Sonja James in her review of Lunette (The Journal, April 16, 2015). “...(Lunette) is a work of astounding range which amply demonstrates her virtuosity as a poet. These are poems that capture the ferocious beauty of life while mining its essence. These are poems to be read again and again.”
Poet and critic Richard Jarrette says “The book is a treasure...one revel(s) in the music, rhythms, speed-of-light leaps of word, image and story. She’s a great jazz drummer taking her solo.” The critic cites the poems with “long Whitmanesque lines that seem seized by the energy to which she’s surrendered....(she) grabs handfuls of gems and hurls them into the light without holding back.” Jarrette likens Lunette to “a comet with a long, fat tail. Her poems want to shoot beyond the page, melt the glue from the binding. We the lucky readers become larger, more knowing, enriched. How did she do it?” (CASA Magazine, July 10, 2015.)