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 the Author
D. A. Powell is the author of a trilogy of books, including Tea (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004). Lunch was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Cocktails was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His most recent book, Chronic (2009) received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. His subjects range from movies, art, and other trappings from contemporary culture to the AIDS pandemic. Powell is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has received a Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Center, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, among other awards. His poems have been featured in the Norton anthology American Hybrid (2009) and Best American Poetry (2008). He teaches at the University of San Francisco and edits the online magazine Electronic Poetry Review.
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