© Rachel Havird
David Havird is the author most recently of Weathering: Poems and Recollections, a "chimeric omnibus" of poetry and prose memoir. His poems and essays have appeared in such journals as the Hopkins Review, Literary Imagination, and the Yale Review, and in the anthology Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. He taught for 30 years at Centenary College of Louisiana and lives in Shreveport with his wife, the poet and novelist Ashley Mace Havird.
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The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets
with Gina Ferrara, David Havird, Rodger Kamenetz, Julie Kane, Dorie LaRue, Cleopatra Mathis, Patrice Melnick, Mona Lisa Saloy, and Martha Serpas
In Weathering: Poems and Recollections an aging poet greets a "phalanx" of memories and finds himself amid "an epic transmigration of echoes." At the heart of this collection of poetry and prose are three retrospective essays that narrate the adolescent poet's coming of age through encounters with such eminent elders as James Dickey, who was Havird's early mentor, Robert Lowell, and Archibald MacLeish. These prose memoirs also explore this poet's ambivalent relation to his native South and reveal the emergent cosmopolitan stance of his mature poetry. The poems, set mainly outside the South--amid the rubble of ancient Greece, in galleries at the Louvre, on hurricane-pummeled Cayman Brac--ponder mortality and metamorphosis; explore relationships, especially the complex relationships of child to parent and husband to wife; and engage with cultural artifacts--a Byzantine church, a derelict windmill, Puebloan petroglyphs--as well as traditional works of art and literature. These poems of Havird's maturity, together with a clutch of early ones rooted in the aspiring poet's youthful encounters with those elders, are elegant artifacts themselves, at once rueful and wry, thought-ridden and visionary.
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