Dear Prudence by David Trinidad
New and Selected Poems

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"This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad's place in the poetic firmament: he is simply the best we have. A worthy successor to James Schuyler, Trinidad writes soulfully and sometimes photorealistically about the melancholy threshold where dolls and stars become inner objects—dirty, glamorous, destructible. Jacqueline Susann meets Sei Shonagon? Trinidad manages to combine neo-formalist abstraction with dripping gorgeous figuration: Bonnard's wet dream."—Wayne Koestenbaum

"This is a volume celebratory in tone, panoramic in scope, funny, and genuinely moving. Trinidad is at the center of what's relevant in his art. And this collection is more vital and more enjoyable than any single performance he has given thus far."—D.A. Powell

"Trinidad attends to the present to see into the past with such needle point precision it's like encountering a perfectly appointed movie set where personal memory crosses intimately with cultural memory. Poetic form in Trinidad's hands is a metaphor for staking a claim on the material world even as it slips away in a shimmery Hollywood dissolve—a desperate, doomed reclamation of all that can never be held long enough."—Robyn Schiff

"Utterly deadpan and astonishingly fine" is how Publishers Weekly described the poems of David Trinidad. And here is the collection all David Trinidad fans have been waiting for—the first book to have works from all his previous books along with forty new poems: Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems.


About David Trinidad

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David Trinidad teaches at Columbia College, Chicago. He has taught at Rutgers, Princeton and Antioch (L.A.). His previous poetry collection, Plasticville, was published by Turtle Point Press in 2000. That book was shortlisted for the Lenore Marshall Prize of The Academy of American Poets. With Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton he edited Saints of Hysteria.
Published September 6, 2011 by Turtle Point Press. 512 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Trinidad now lives in Chicago, he is best known as a 1980s Los Angeles poet (working alongside Dennis Cooper and Amy Gerstler) who moved to New York at the height of the AIDS crisis (occasionally registering its toll) and refined a version of James Schuyler’s singular dailiness while i...

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Lambda Literary

In an Interview with the Poetry Foundation Trinidad says, “The passion for collecting came out of a kind of midlife crisis, a way of trying to reconcile certain conflicts, such as some friendships that ended badly, or my disappointment with the competitiveness of the New York poetry scene.” The ...

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