Straddle, my fourth collection (2015) and third from Salmon Poetry of Ireland, is a book about the perils and possibilities involved with living on borders, both physical and psychic.
"Anything to declare?"
asks the border guard.
Oh my. Where to begin.
“David Cavanagh’s poems straddle birth and death, joy and sadness, health and sickness, youth and age, male and female, seriousness and humour with deft handling astride his own Pegasus.”
- Greg Delanty, author of The Blind Stitch and The Ship of Birth
"Cavanagh's best poems achieve not only clarity but also a poignancy that derives from simple wisdom expressed ith great vividness and grace."
- Benjamin Myers, poet laureate of Oklahoma, in World Literature Today
CYCLING IN PLATO'S CAVE
Cycling in Plato's Cave came out in 2014 from Fomite Press of Burlington, Vermont. The book rolls along on one of my favorite obsessions, cycling, but a lot more than pedals and wheels goes around in these poems.
The way a wheel turns,
low, spinning free up top.
A life like that,
you might get somewhere.
The book also includes photos by Ben Cavanagh, a photographer in Ottawa, and Pat Cavanagh of Granville, NY.
My other books of poems include Falling Body (2009) and The Middleman (2003), both published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland.
My poems have also appeared in leading journals in Canada, Ireland, the U.S., and the U.K., and in anthologies such as:
So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis (Green Writers Press),
The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (U. of Notre Dame Press),
The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (Norton),
The WRUV Reader: a Vermont writers' anthology (University of Vermont),
and Even the Daybreak: 35 years of Salmon Poetry.
I've done dozens of popular readings in the U.S. and Canada. I've also performed poems with musicians such as the poetry-jazz group, PoJazz, and the Celtic band, Wind That Shakes the Barley.
A native of Montreal with dual Canadian/American citizenship, I live in Burlington, Vermont. After many years as an associate dean with Johnson State College, I now teach part-time and am chair of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Hope you enjoy the poems. Let me know what you think.
Click on the cover for more info or to buy the book from Fomite Press. Also available at amazon.com.