Wise Poison: Poems

Wise Poison: Poems

by David Rivard
     
 

In Wise Poison David Rivard gives us a mind hard at work on the most vital questions: Who am I? What do I love? What can be trusted? At issue in these passionate arguments with the self are the "curious forces" that surround us in every part of our lives. In an airport lounge in the Yucatán, in the song of a street musician, or simply in the

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In Wise Poison David Rivard gives us a mind hard at work on the most vital questions: Who am I? What do I love? What can be trusted? At issue in these passionate arguments with the self are the "curious forces" that surround us in every part of our lives. In an airport lounge in the Yucatán, in the song of a street musician, or simply in the pulsing of skin along the neck, Rivard finds connections and doubt, and reason for both comfort and rage.

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“I love these intense, brilliantly crafted poems. Wise Poison is perfectly pitched and uniquely American, a beautiful, angry, heartbreaking, celebratory, and powerful book.” —Thomas Lux

“The poems in David Rivard's compelling and delicious new book do not smother you with grandiosity nor come creeping towards you bowed down in self-effacement. These are poems of a human scale; they are complicated, muscled with irony, and their wonderful voice is startling in its power to move, interest, delight.” —Lynn Emanuel

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his first collection, Torque, David Rivard proved that he had a storyteller's ear and an eye for gritty detail. In Wise Poison, winner of the 1996 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, Rivard relies less on setting or personae, more on his own delicate wit and sheer poetic nerve (in consecutive poems, he steals titles from Baudelaire and the country-western great Merle Travis). The gamble pays off. With this collection, Rivard has come into a truly American voice, at once eccentric and universal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555972479
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
74
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

David Rivard's previous book, Torque, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Among his many awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; a Pushcard Prize, and the Celia B. Wagner award from the Poetry Society of America. He teaches at Tufts University and in the M.F.A. in Writing Program at Vermont College.

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