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Tea (A Divine Comedy #1)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  174 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Visually arresting, Tea is an experimental poem-cycle with traditional formal techniques built into its wild surface.
Hardcover, 71 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Wesleyan
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Came back to this book again after having read some of it before. The intro is great, too; this passage blew me away:

"As memory required me to revisit the deaths of many of these men, I realized that I ran the danger of writing a collection in which death was a consequence of my "lifestyle." (I use quotes here, because I do not really understand the difference between a life and a lifestyle, aside from the fingerpointing. I am nevertheless happy to be accused of style.) Some who read or do not
DA Powell is one of the most remarkable contemporary poets. Another poet, Rachel Zucker, told me to read this--absolutely superb. Poets always know who's good. Strong and tender and dead on, each line is a poem in itself. Evidently, he wrote it longways on legal paper to examine the tensile strength of the line, how long it could go before it crashed and burned. The arrival of a star.
I just finished Tea from the library, I definitely want my own copy. I love his intro, how he says this is not an AIDS book. Good for him to differentiate. I love the concept of tea and it's use by the gay community. I remember Tea Dances when I lived in NY and would go for the occasional weekend to Fire Island. The Tea Dances on Sunday afternoons were bitter sweet because the weekend was nearly over.

This book is an amazing weave of culture. It is rich in literary and myth references, in fact he
Nov 27, 2013 Darrell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Poets, Experimental
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I enjoyed this very much.... and I was blown away by some of the poems. Plus, it's the right size. To have a book with a fragmented, emotional core -- for me, I can only sustain engagement with such a rendering for a while. Powell's portraits of love, lust, the impact of AIDS on the queer community are passionate and unflinching.
Favorite pieces: most every poem in "Tea Dance"; "[she was not expecting another gentleman caller. a golden male had already been brought forth]"; "[the last dog of this boyishness is put to sleep. feckless fluffy pet: I am not saved fella]"
I particularly appreciated the nifty index in the back as a way of clarifying the gay inner circle/disco/comic book jargon peppered throughout. Also, the book looks great. Reads pretty well too.
I loved this book when I first ran across it years ago at the Berkeley Main Library. I loved the Robert Hass blurb on the back. Nice stuff.
I think this book shows Powell establishing his style. It's really good, but not as powerful as the later two in the series.
Luis Correa
I've never felt dirtier and giddier at the same time. Really barreled through this focused yet playful book.
A beautiful book filled with beautiful poems.
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D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch, Cocktails, Chronic and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry in 2013.

Repast, Powell's latest, collects his three early books in a handsome volume introduced by novelist David Leavitt.

A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Powell li
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Cocktails Chronic Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys Lunch By Myself

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