In his second short collection, Wisconsin poet David M. Briggs reflects on his continuing search for a place to belong -- whether that is in his hometown, on stages, among poets, or somewhere else. Throughout, he reflects on how his past shapes who he has become, on the effects of his disabilities, and on the impact of events both real and tenuously fictionalized. Collecting spoken word poems from 2012-2018, Speak Easier showcases his winding style and self-deprecating humor with more energy than ever before.
David M. Briggs is a writer from Wisconsin. If that sounds a little vague, it is. Unfortunately, it is a little difficult to be more specific. Briggs is originally from an area outside of Milwaukee that intersects with too many different townships to be easily named. Likewise, his writing covers poetry, prose and playscript and is often too true to be entirely fiction and too fictionalized to be entirely true.
In his writing, he tackles experiences with queer identity, mental disability, and the urge to fall in love more frequently than wisely. Throughout his work, he strives to find a place for himself between a past too grand to stand on and a future too shifting to build in. Somewhere in the middle, then, must be an understanding that fits. Briggs seeks to find it with a mixture of self-deprecating humor and determined defiance.
His poetry and prose have been published in literary journals nationwide, including Polychrome Ink, Red Cedar, Straylight, The Catalyst, and Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review.