Shopping Cart Link

Four Way Books

Sign up for our newsletter

Bookmark and Share
Cart link
Paperback add to cart

For Educators
View cart
Cover image Click for larger image

The Opposite of People
Patrick Ryan Frank

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2015 • 80

pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - LGBT

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-61-1

“. . . There’s not only empathy but also wisdom between the pages of The Opposite of People . . .”—A. Van Jordan

An examination of how we live lives built by films, television, songs, and commercials

The poems in The Opposite of People examine the place of television and cinema in our lives, while the poet questions how the imagination can be given shape in films and songs, and how those in turn shape our imaginations. How much of ourselves have we taken from the movies? Within this collection, we see our lives reflected in artistry and artifice: contrived but desperately earnest.

Click here for TABLE OF CONTENTS

Reviews / Endorsements

“[Frank’s] wry, cool, sinister, keenly intelligent poems probe the pathos of our world of semblances. . . .”—Rosanna Warren

“In his exciting new collection, Patrick Ryan Frank considers what it means to watch the world in its many portrayals—imagined, interpreted, illumined—and asks what is false, what is authentic in the lives we come to know that are not really lives at all.”—Mark Wunderlich

From the Book:

“Anti-Depressant Commercial”

Clear sky except a cloud much like a face
of a pretty girl who pretended to be sad
so long that now she's sad. Sad cloud, the sun

runs its fingers through everybody's curls
but pulls back when it gets to yours. Your rain
is falling nowhere else. No one likes

wet hair or umbrellas; no one likes
you. A meteorologist once lay flat
beneath you, open-mouth, and that was sweet

but brief, and that was all, and that was that.
So what? Now what? The wind's died down and you
go nowhere, just stay awkwardly in your dark

part of the garden. Men with cameras talk
about you, saying it isn't all that hard,
just count to five, then turn, pretend to smile.

PATRICK RYAN FRANK is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He was recently a Fulbright fellow to Iceland.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:25:07 -0500