From the Publisher
“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.