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Nouns dart through a velvet silence, adjectives pulse like gills, and oxygen-filled verbs rise from the ever-stirring sea of language in Peter Davison’s world. Poetry is a passion that has sustained the Massachusetts-based writer for a lifetime—through 10 volumes of poetry, a memoir, works of literary criticism, and two books he edited. In his latest collection of poetry, Breathing Room: Poems, Davison continues to live, breathe, and manipulate words to create innovative, terse personal commentaries with his pen. W.S. Merwin writes: “For years [Davison] has pondered with clear insight the perspectives of affection, attachment, loss, and memory….The poems of this new collection look at the world with surprise and speak of it with a startled and startling freedom.” At 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. Free. (202) 347-5495. (Ayesha Morris)