Poetry. "David Giannini's poems are as intricate as a hall of receding mirrors. Readers enter into these elemental, historical, and phenomenological poems only to find themselves indeed strangely blended, on an unexpected ride that skirts closely to revelation. Their extravagant playfulness—carried by rhymes, half-rhymes, inversions, and puns—takes us through logical conundrums, fables, and myths only to collide with a self relentlessly looking outwards and inwards. One never is sure if it's the reader, the poet, or the work that is 'scrambling up to grab you, not / by the throat, by the butt of a joke.' Interspersed amongst the humor and complexity—and for that reason all the more powerful—are poems that harness a striking spareness in response to contemporary landscapes of harshness, brutality, displacement, and grief."—Janet MacFadyen
David Giannini's most recent full-length collections of poetry include IN A MOMENT WE MAY BE STRANGELY BLENDED (2019); MAYHAP (2019); THE FUTURE ONLY RATTLES WHEN YOU PICK IT UP (2018) (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award;) and FACES SOMEWHERE WILD (2017), (all published by Dos Madres Press) and Porous Borders (prosepoems published by Spuyten Duyvil Press in 2017.) He received Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Awards; The Osa and Lee Mays Award For Poetry; an award for prosepoetry from the University of Florida; a Finalist Award from the Naugatuck Review, and a Finalist Award for the James Hearst Poetry Prize of The North American Poetry Review in 2021. He also published three chapbooks during the first year of Covid: Viral Packet (Covid-related poems;) Semblance Vagrant (prosepoems;) and 10 Chapters from the Dawn, each published by New Feral Press in 2020-21. He has been a gravedigger; beekeeper; taught at Williams College, The University of Massachusetts, and Berkshire Community College, and he taught preschoolers and high school students, among others. Giannini was the Lead Rehabilitation Counselor for Compass Center, which he co-founded as the first rehabilitation clubhouse for severely and chronically mentally ill adults in the northwest corner of Connecticut.
Author City: BECKET, MA USA