Professor of English and poet David Rivard has published his sixth book of poetry, “Standoff” (Graywolf Press). In this latest volume, Rivard asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty?
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky wrote in “The Washington Post”: “Rivard’s poems move . . . with an exhilarating, smart pace of association and evocation. The speed of mind, compressing details and emotions, covering the maximum distance in the least time, gives this writing its thrill. . . . These street-wise, book-wise, eloquent poems have a bracing sureness and scope.”