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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.
Praise for Cocktails:“Powell’s long, stuttering line helps his extravagant imagination encompass the practical troubles long illness entails. No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.” —The New York Times Book Review