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Lunch (A Divine Comedy #2)

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The richly textured poems in Lunch, companion volume to D. A. Powell's acclaimed debut collection, Tea, tell the story of a life; like a conversation stretched out over many lunch breaks. Hailed as "formally innovative, disjunctive but tender and always emotionally expressive" by Forrest Gander, its poems are both masticatibly small and immensely satisfying. The life in qu...more
Hardcover, 76 pages
Published October 27th 2000 by Wesleyan
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Threading through stories of lovers lost to disease and facing his own mortality, at the waiting area of lunch that splits the day, that transcends the day, here is D.A. Powell as wordplayful as ever, as smart as ever, speaking in some of the coded tongue only gay men can translate. Wow.
I think I like this one a hair less than "Tea," but the language here is frequently stunning and powerful. I've heard "Cocktails" is even better, so I'm really looking forward to that! As Powell ends his collection, I "want my goddamn cocktail(s)."
Pretty much every poem in the first section is amazing, especially [triptych:], which is absolutely beautiful, if a bit atypical of the book. The rest of the poems are intensely dark and funny, fragmented, suggestive.
Luis Correa
Unsurprisingly great. Fun turns of phrase, quick, witty, memorable, and poignant. Waka waka waka.
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D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch, Cocktails, and Chronic. His latest collection, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry in 2013.

A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Powell lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Follow D. A. Powell on Twitter: Powell_DA
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Cocktails Chronic Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys Tea By Myself

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