ABOUT

A native South Carolinian, David Havird attended the University of South Carolina, where he studied under James Dickey, and the University of Virginia, where he completed his graduate studies with a doctoral dissertation on Thomas Hardy.

While not a prolific poet, he has published for many years in major journals. I
n 1975 he broke into print with a poem in The New Yorker. His poems have appeared in Agni, The American Journal of PoetryThe Hopkins Review, Literary Imagination, Poetry, Seneca Review, Sewanee ReviewSouthwest Review, and Yale Review, and online at Poetry Daily. Find them also in Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry; the Louisiana volume of The Southern Poetry AnthologyThe World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins; and three of the annual "best of" Lowestoft Chronicle print anthologies.

He has published articles on James Dickey, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Flannery O'Connor, and Elizabeth Spencer in The Hopkins ReviewLiterary MattersMississippi Quarterly, Sewanee ReviewSouthern Literary Journal, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

To be published in 2020 by Mercer University Press, Weathering: Poems and Recollections brings together late poems (and a clutch of early poems) with three essays that chart David's coming of age through encounters with James Dickey, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, and other poets. His collection of fourteen poems, Penelope's Design (2010), won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. The full-length collection Map Home was published by Texas Review Press in 2013.


Of his work and himself as a poet he has written: "Like lots of poets, Elizabeth Bishop, for instance, and Bernard Spencer, a special favorite of mine, I draw inspiration from travel. In my book, Map Home, there are clusters of poems set in England, Greece, and Northern California, as well as in my native South, the 'home' of the title.

 

"But travel itself isn't really the theme. What interests me is the way that older stories, like those in myths, can seem present in things that happen now. Often, my poems dramatize the discovery of some mythical element in the 'now.' Greece, where I've been taking students since 2009, is a good place to make such discoveries, since the ancient past is always intruding.


"My poems tend to be both literary and personal, though not confessional. They track my development from adolescence to middle age, and they're about connections to people, family and friends, as well as to places."

 
David lives with his wife, the poet and novelist Ashley Mace Havird, author of The Garden of the Fugitives (poems) and Lightningstruck (novel), in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he teaches at Centenary College.


The painting,
Eurydice's Trousseau, in the photograph of the poet is by Jessica Gayle. It was inspired by the author's poem of the same title, which was first published in Shenandoahvol. 52, 2002, pp. 116-117.

Email: dlhavird@gmail.com