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Bilateral Asymmetry by Don Riggs

Bilateral Asymmetry
by Don Riggs

$17.00 paperback
2014, 120 pages, 6 x 9

Illustrations by Don Riggs

ISBN-13: 978-0692212721
ISBN-10: 0692212728
BISAC: Poetry / American / General

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Praise for Bilateral Asymmetry

“That someone could write so many sonnets is not a surprise. That someone could write so many good, witty, poignant, thoughtful, alert sonnets, page after page of them, as Don Riggs does, is amazing. Paintings, boy scouts, temporary cats, different kinds of nakedness, house flies, tarot readings and memories of the poets father are a few of the dozens of subjects that motivate these emotionally-complex poems which are much more than mere formal display. The drawings are sly charmers. This book is a delight, and an event. ”
                                            — Daisy Fried

“Don Riggs is a master of the line – in his poetry, there are usually fourteen of them; in his drawings, often fewer. In both cases, they are wonderfully expressive of his unique and dispassionate view of the world around him.”
                                             —John Langdon, author of Wordplay, and creator
                                                 of the ambigrams in Dan Browns Angels & Demons

“Here is a dazzling new collection of poems by Don Riggs, a poet of wit and elegance, who shares his broad learning and love of thought in a most companionable manner. These lyrics delight with meditations on art, the tarot deck, language, the body, and, most of all, on the connected and isolated self. A speaker dreams of his lost spectacles, a grasshopper learns its limits in a jar, the bodies of lovers entwine in a warm handshake.’ And, as if the poems did not offer pleasure enough, Riggs's own whimsical line drawings add another layer of charm.”
                                            —Lynn Levin, author of Miss Plastique
                                                and Fair Creatures of an Hour

“Riggs is a poet for the ages. Unattached to any trend or movement, with no need to obscure or impress, he is quite simply a genius. The humor, lyricism, and humanity of his poems make them delicious to read and profound to contemplate. This book will live – and not just for its marvelous writing but for the sketches that capture the Riggsian sensibility in all its simplicity and whimsy. ”
                                             — Paula Marantz Cohen, author of Jane Austen in Scarsdale
                                                  and What Alice Knew

“With a real vocation and a deep motivation, Donald Riggs is a skillful conjurer of words and he is able to put the mark of his own personality in his verses... Generally, Don Riggs writes a poetry characterized by tenderness, grace, humor, including moments of gentle reflexivity on what is ephemeral (or not) in this existence, on youth and advancing age, health and illness, etc., but also a poetry well directed by a connoisseur in matters of creation.”
                                             — Daniel Dragomirescu, editor of Orizont Literar Contemporan

Don Riggs has been writing and drawing since the 6th grade. Over the years he has gone through a number of stylistic evolutions. In three previously published chapbooks (as in Bilateral Asymmetry) he integrates drawing and words.

All of the drawings in this book were done by Don Riggs, but several were copied from or in the style of: George Perez, Neal Adams, Saul Steinberg, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Robert M. Place, the Waite-Rider Tarot deck, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Boris Vallejo, M.C. Escher, Leonard Baskin, and anonymous engravers in 17th-century alchemical texts.

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