He'd heard about a girl . . .
I waited for a garden god . . .
On either side of the drive . . .
He catches you in the act . . .
Oscar Pistorius . . .
They showed up daily on the news . . .
David Southward grew up in southwest Florida and earned degrees in English from Northwestern and Yale Universities. In 1998 he joined the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is currently Senior Lecturer. Through introductory courses in graphic novels and film, as well as advanced courses in poetry and aesthetics, David shares his passion for the arts in all their variety. His first chapbook, Apocrypha, was published by Wipf & Stock in 2018, and his collection Bachelor's Buttons appeared from Kelsay Books in 2020. Other poems have appeared recently in THINK, Gyroscope Review, Measure, Light, Bramble, Millwork, and Verse-Virtual. David is a two-time winner of the Lorine Niedecker Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers (2016, 2019) and the Muse Prize from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (2017; selected by Mark Doty). In 2019 his poem "Mary's Visit" was chosen from 978 entries for the $1,000 Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry. David resides in Milwaukee with his husband, Geoff.
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