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Staff Pick

I had the good fortune of hearing D. A. Powell read from his latest book, Chronic, and it was one of the better poetry readings I've ever been to. He was intelligent, witty, funny and sincere — and luckily his poems are, too. Powell shies away from nothing, and his poems are filled with the beauty, decay, loss, and want that come from looking at the world fully and writing bravely.
Recommended by Crystal, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"There are poets who show us the exterior world and poets who ferry news of their inner turmoil. Yet very few possess the double vision required to do both....Chronic, [Powell's] fourth book, is one of those rare collections that moves beautifully between poetry's inner/outer stereopticon." John Freeman, Los Angeles Times (read the entire Los Angeles Times review)

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Publisher Comments:

The first poetry collection by D. A. Powell since his remarkable trilogy of Tea, Lunch, and

Cocktails, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

so many of the best days seem minor forms of nearness:
that easily falls among the dropseed:
a rind,
a left-behind

- from "no picnic"

In these brilliant new poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, “blossom blast and dieback.” Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.

Synopsis:

Now in paperback, the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
so many of the best days seem minor forms of nearness

      that easily fall among the dropseed: a rind, a left-behind

                      —from “no picnic”

In these brilliant poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, “blossom blast and dieback.” Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.

Synopsis:

The first poetry collection by D. A. Powell since his remarkable trilogy of Tea, Lunch, and

Cocktails, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

 
so many of the best days seem minor forms of nearness
that easily falls among the dropseed: a rind, a left-behind
                                                                —from “no picnic”

In these brilliant new poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, “blossom blast and dieback.” Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.
D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at the University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area.
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

In these brilliant new poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, "blossom blast and dieback." Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.

"This fourth collection from Powell is simultaneously an accessible heartbreaker, a rare gem for connoisseurs, a genre-altering breakthrough and a long anticipated follow-up. The San Francisco-based poet has lived with, and written about, HIV for a decade, and his own illness remains a subject here; so does his celebration of gay eroticism, of love in the spirit and in the flesh. 'Democrac' (Powell pointedly omits the 'Y') shows 21st-century queer anguish and outrage: 'does god discriminate, slashing some flags,' it asks, while 'farther above the chapels pale heaven expires.' Powell goes on to investigate many more sources of sadness and happiness, solidarity and discontent: 'Cancer inside a little sea' takes on environmental degradation: 'child to come, what will you make of this scratched paradise.' The unruly long lines of Powell's previous work here join more conventional-looking stanzaic lyrics; they join, too, two ultra-long poems, printed sideways, entitled 'Cinemascope' and 'centerfold.' This book will be remembered for years, for its serious feelings, their swerves, their tears, its jokes. A poem to a crab louse abuts a scene from the biblical binding of Isaac, and a poem in which the Twin Towers fall segues from bedroom to public space and then back: 'lips can say anything but first they say goodbye.'"—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

D. A. POWELL is the author of Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at the University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area.

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ISBN:
9781555975166
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Powell, D A
Author:
Powell, D. A.
Author:
Powell
Author:
Ad
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120214
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

I had the good fortune of hearing D. A. Powell read from his latest book, Chronic, and it was one of the better poetry readings I've ever been to. He was intelligent, witty, funny and sincere — and luckily his poems are, too. Powell shies away from nothing, and his poems are filled with the beauty, decay, loss, and want that come from looking at the world fully and writing bravely.

"Review A Day" by , "There are poets who show us the exterior world and poets who ferry news of their inner turmoil. Yet very few possess the double vision required to do both....Chronic, [Powell's] fourth book, is one of those rare collections that moves beautifully between poetry's inner/outer stereopticon." (read the entire Los Angeles Times review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Now in paperback, the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
so many of the best days seem minor forms of nearness

      that easily fall among the dropseed: a rind, a left-behind

                      —from “no picnic”

In these brilliant poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, “blossom blast and dieback.” Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.

"Synopsis" by ,
The first poetry collection by D. A. Powell since his remarkable trilogy of Tea, Lunch, and

Cocktails, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

 
so many of the best days seem minor forms of nearness
that easily falls among the dropseed: a rind, a left-behind
                                                                —from “no picnic”

In these brilliant new poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, “blossom blast and dieback.” Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.
D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at the University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area.
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

In these brilliant new poems from one of contemporary poetrys most intriguing, singular voices, D. A. Powell strikes out for the farther territories of love and comes back from those fields with loss, with flowers faded, "blossom blast and dieback." Chronic describes the flutter and cruelty of erotic encounter, temptation, and bitter heartsickness, but with Powells deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.

"This fourth collection from Powell is simultaneously an accessible heartbreaker, a rare gem for connoisseurs, a genre-altering breakthrough and a long anticipated follow-up. The San Francisco-based poet has lived with, and written about, HIV for a decade, and his own illness remains a subject here; so does his celebration of gay eroticism, of love in the spirit and in the flesh. 'Democrac' (Powell pointedly omits the 'Y') shows 21st-century queer anguish and outrage: 'does god discriminate, slashing some flags,' it asks, while 'farther above the chapels pale heaven expires.' Powell goes on to investigate many more sources of sadness and happiness, solidarity and discontent: 'Cancer inside a little sea' takes on environmental degradation: 'child to come, what will you make of this scratched paradise.' The unruly long lines of Powell's previous work here join more conventional-looking stanzaic lyrics; they join, too, two ultra-long poems, printed sideways, entitled 'Cinemascope' and 'centerfold.' This book will be remembered for years, for its serious feelings, their swerves, their tears, its jokes. A poem to a crab louse abuts a scene from the biblical binding of Isaac, and a poem in which the Twin Towers fall segues from bedroom to public space and then back: 'lips can say anything but first they say goodbye.'"—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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