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The Late Show: Poems

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
“Deeply personal, yet coolly postmodern, no other writer besides David Trinidad makes the interface between our private memories and our cultural ones seem so seamless. Variously giddy, gossipy, melancholy, obsessive, and euphoric, Trinidad's voice has an amazing plasticity as he slips between genres and forms, tradition and invention, with assurance and grace. The Late Sh ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Turtle Point Press
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Natalie
Aug 06, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
With some of his poems I found myself saying, "Is this a poem or is this prose?" particularly the final poem in the book. However, his poems stuck with me--I kept thinking about that last poem for at least two weeks after I was finished with the book--so he must have done something right.

Trinidad has a series of sonnets in the middle of the book that are somewhat vulgar, but I didn't even realize they were rhyming until I was half way through them. His construction should be applauded.
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Steph Anne
Jan 06, 2008 Steph Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers of poetry
He's done it again: the joy, the heartache, the collecting of dolls and Jacqueline Susann memorabilia, all beautifully rendered in captivating detail. I so appreciate the humanity, honesty, and humor of Mr. Trinidad's work. My favorites in this collection are "Watching the Late Movie with My Mother" and "A Poem Under the Influence."
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Jun 18, 2011 Yasmin rated it it was amazing
"The Late Show is about a life recalled and retold through the language and style of cultural artifacts. It doesn’t stoop to the level of grand commentary on our times or times past, and for that very reason it adds density and vibrancy to both gayness and poetry."
Read the rest of my review here:
http://www.yasminnair.net/content/dav...
Beth
Jun 26, 2008 Beth rated it liked it
Well-shaped volume with laughs and tears. Individual poems might be shapely and well-crafted; others seemingly tossed-off. Not for readers who dislike memoir/confessional writing
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Apr 08, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
some of the most enjoyable poetry I've ever read. who knew that rhyming couplets about Barbie-collecting could be so damn heartbreaking?
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"Later that
day it rained
(I know from
the poem)."

-from "A Regret" by David Trinidad
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