D.A. Powell is an experimental poet best known for his trilogy — Tea, Cocktails, and Chronic — about the AIDS epidemic. His most recent book is Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012). "by the open air, I swore out my list of pleasures: sprig of lilac, scent of pine the sparrows bathing in the drainage ditch, their song the lusty thoughts in spring as the yellow violets bloom and the cherry forms its first full buds the tonic cords along the legs and arms of youth and youth passing into maturity, ripening its flesh growing softer, less unattainable, ruddy and spotted plum daily, I mistake—there was a medication I forgot to take there was a man who gave himself, decently, to me & I refused him in a protracted stillness, I saw that heron I didn’t wish to disturb was clearly a white sack caught in the redbud’s limbs I did not comprehend desire as a deadly force until— daylight, don’t leave me now, I haven’t done with you— nor that, in this late hour, we still cannot make peace" — from Chronic
ARTICLES FEATURING D.A.
Bodies in Pain
The poems suspend different voices, different recognizable patterns of emotion and idiom, and stretch the lines out to include every voice....