Are there any tricks to re-position it, or to invoke it so I see all of it?
Copy the file called conkyrc.sample that is in /usr/share/doc/conky/examples to your home directory and rename it as .conkyrc
cp /usr/share/doc/conky/examples/conkyrc.sample ~/.conkyrc
This will put it in the top right of the screen, along with some other configurations that I thought were more or less useful for everyone, when I packaged it.
In any case, if you want to change where conky shows up, open that file and change the lines that say "alignment" and "gap":
Or run conky with the -x and -y parameters to tell it what position to go to when lauching it.