School of the Americas (Paperback)

By David Rigsbee

Black Lawrence Press, 9780983794509, 93pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

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Poetry. David Rigsbee's new poems turn to recent history refracted through an art as schooled by trauma, as the beauties his poems also celebrate, from the edge of tragedy to moments too human in their epiphanies to be swallowed by oblivion.

"David Rigsbee's poems move with philosophical intensities. The perspectives the poems offer are complex, highly nuanced, rooted in critical engagements with a cultural tradition, and often less comfortable than the refusal of perspective practiced by more vertiginous writers." Robert McNamara.

About the Author

David Rigsbee is the author of 19 books and has published critical works on Joseph Brodsky and Carolyn Kizer. He is coeditor of the well-received "Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry" (University of Virginia Press) and has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Commission on the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Djerassi Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. He received the 2010 Sam Ragan Award for "distinguished contribution to the arts in North Carolina." He was awarded a 2012 Pushcart Prize for work included in "School of the Americas."