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"New poetry by D. A. Powell, the best poet of his generation and arguably the most important poet under fifty" Time Out New York)

In D. A. Powells fifth book of poetry, the rollicking line he has made his signature becomes the taut, more discursive means to describing beauty, singing a dirge, directing an ironic smile, or questioning who in any given setting is the instructor and who is the pupil. This is a book that explores the darker side of divisions and developments, which shows how the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouse, or bar are locations of desire. With Powell's witty banter, emotional resolve, and powerful lyricism, this collection demonstrates his exhilarating range.

Review:

"Powell has now turned the corner from promising new poet into established power. This fifth collection condenses his obsessions into poems clearer and more compact than ever, some scathing and others comedic, some based on life stories and others built on puns. Now living in San Francisco, Powell grew up in California's agricultural Central Valley; the impoverished spaces of his youth stand out among his backgrounds and metaphors for ecological disaster, for gay sexual awakening, for sex itself, for illness, and for love. 'The Kiwi Comes to Gridley, CA,' for example, recalls 'this... overgrown berry with its easy sway/ and pubescent peel, how it will proffer its redolent fruit.' Another poem delights in 'Having a Rambutan with You': 'Sometimes, I forget to spit out all the seeds.' Among other culturally omnivorous poets of gay American life, Powell, with his range of form and line, his dark but vivid humor, and his commitment to Romantic traditions, is set apart. Disneyland, high school marching bands, 1970s funk and disco, 'donkey basketball,' and planetary astronomy join his expanding universe of figures for sexual pleasure, and sexual sadness; erotic experience serves as a lens through which Powell — a passionate lover of puns, like Shakespeare — views life and death, body and spirit, youth and advancing age. This book will belong on many lists of the year's best." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Praise for D. A. Powell

"No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible." Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

"Powell turns the lyric form inside out. The work explodes off the page like Molotov cocktails." John Freeman, Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, now in paperback

D. A. Powells fifth book of poetry, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, explores the darker side of divisions and developments, the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouse, and bar. With witty banter, emotional resolve, and powerful lyricism, this collection demonstrates Powells exhilarating range.

Synopsis:

*Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry*
 
New poetry by D. A. Powell, “the best poet of his generation—and arguably the most important poet under fifty” (Time Out New York), and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
I have this rearrangement to make:

symbolic death, my backward glance.

The way the past is a kind of future

leaning against the sporty hood.

                  —from “Bugcatching at Twilight”

In D. A. Powells fifth book of poetry, the rollicking line he has made his signature becomes the taut, more discursive means to describing beauty, singing a dirge, directing an ironic smile, or questioning who in any given setting is the instructor and who is the pupil. This is a book that explores the darker side of divisions and developments, which shows how the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouse, or bar are locations of desire. With Powells witty banter, emotional resolve, and powerful lyricism, this collection demonstrates his exhilarating range.

About the Author

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections of poetry, including Chronic, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555976057
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Powell, D A
Author:
Powell, D. A.
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20141118
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Powell has now turned the corner from promising new poet into established power. This fifth collection condenses his obsessions into poems clearer and more compact than ever, some scathing and others comedic, some based on life stories and others built on puns. Now living in San Francisco, Powell grew up in California's agricultural Central Valley; the impoverished spaces of his youth stand out among his backgrounds and metaphors for ecological disaster, for gay sexual awakening, for sex itself, for illness, and for love. 'The Kiwi Comes to Gridley, CA,' for example, recalls 'this... overgrown berry with its easy sway/ and pubescent peel, how it will proffer its redolent fruit.' Another poem delights in 'Having a Rambutan with You': 'Sometimes, I forget to spit out all the seeds.' Among other culturally omnivorous poets of gay American life, Powell, with his range of form and line, his dark but vivid humor, and his commitment to Romantic traditions, is set apart. Disneyland, high school marching bands, 1970s funk and disco, 'donkey basketball,' and planetary astronomy join his expanding universe of figures for sexual pleasure, and sexual sadness; erotic experience serves as a lens through which Powell — a passionate lover of puns, like Shakespeare — views life and death, body and spirit, youth and advancing age. This book will belong on many lists of the year's best." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , Praise for D. A. Powell

"No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible." Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

"Powell turns the lyric form inside out. The work explodes off the page like Molotov cocktails." John Freeman, Los Angeles Times

"Synopsis" by ,
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, now in paperback

D. A. Powells fifth book of poetry, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, explores the darker side of divisions and developments, the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouse, and bar. With witty banter, emotional resolve, and powerful lyricism, this collection demonstrates Powells exhilarating range.

"Synopsis" by ,
*Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry*
 
New poetry by D. A. Powell, “the best poet of his generation—and arguably the most important poet under fifty” (Time Out New York), and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
I have this rearrangement to make:

symbolic death, my backward glance.

The way the past is a kind of future

leaning against the sporty hood.

                  —from “Bugcatching at Twilight”

In D. A. Powells fifth book of poetry, the rollicking line he has made his signature becomes the taut, more discursive means to describing beauty, singing a dirge, directing an ironic smile, or questioning who in any given setting is the instructor and who is the pupil. This is a book that explores the darker side of divisions and developments, which shows how the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouse, or bar are locations of desire. With Powells witty banter, emotional resolve, and powerful lyricism, this collection demonstrates his exhilarating range.

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