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.
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.