Chronic by D. A. Powell
Poems (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award)

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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 poetry’s 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 Powell’s deep lyric beauty and his own brand of dark wit.

About D. A. Powell

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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.
Published February 14, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“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 disconte...

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Entertainment Weekly

Sample Lines: ''the burning of hollywood: that's the day of the locust/everybody on fire, karen black, like me, & desperate to be...'' Bottom Line: Powell's long lines snake into your mind and coil up to stay: Be forewarned.

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Dallas News

Powell sees: Writing in the shadow of AIDS, Powell is a modern romantic: obsessed, enraged and turned about by love.

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London Review of Books

It’s something that is not very far beyond my life.’ A poem from Chronic entitled ‘central valley’ describes his California youth this way: kids like me blowing black snot into sleeves and checked bandannas the farmers – almost extinct – wheezing along the earthen dikes and the sky a mass of blac...

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Lambda Literary

Powell writes in one poem, “…HE fucks / like a bodybag, already empty, already depositing / its contents atop the toxic landfill, giving up the corpus.” Just when readers feel like giving in to the bleakness of it all, however, Powell tosses out one of his playful puns or zings us with a one-line...

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The Kenyon Review

In their often comic vein, Powell’s poems disclose a deeply human world.

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