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Otherwise Elsewhere


David Rivard


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The expansive, energetic new poetry book by David Rivard, author of Sugartown and Wise Poison

You pay as you go. Mornings
at this point are either like spread sails or (more likely)
spread-sheets—they fill fast. Mornings are fortunes,
but as suspect as a wristwatch running in reverse.
—from "Vigorish"
David Rivard's new collection Otherwise Elsewhere describes the many powers—psychological and historical—that flow through people's lives in acts of faith, greed, pleasure, celebrity, gossip, and consolation. A teenage boy looking at a weathered gravestone wonders how many times he'll sign his name in his life; the forest on the move in Macbeth intersects with a blind man cured by Christ; a man coming out of a terrible dream of being lost is saved by touching his wife's hair. "For those of us who need it," one poem asserts, "instruction is everywhere."

Rivard's poetry is full of unsettling humor and the careening movement of memory and imagination.

Praise For Otherwise Elsewhere: Poems

“A restless, original talent. The poems I've seen rank him in my mind as one of the best poets now writing.” —TOM SLEIGH, citation for the 2006 O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize on David Rivard

Graywolf Press, 9781555975739, 88pp.

Publication Date: December 21, 2010

About the Author

David Rivard is the author of four previous books of poetry, including Sugartown and Wise Poison, which won the James Laughlin Award. He teaches at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.