Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems

Dear Prudence New and Selected Poems This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad s place in the poetic firmament he is simply the best we have A worthy successor to James Schuyler Trinidad writes soulfully and sometimes photorealistically

  • Title: Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems
  • Author: David Trinidad
  • ISBN: 9781933527475
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad s place in the poetic firmament he is simply the best we have A worthy successor to James Schuyler, Trinidad writes soulfully and sometimes photorealistically about the melancholy threshold where dolls and stars become inner objects dirty, glamorous, destructible Jacqueline Susann meets Sei Shonagon Trinidad manages to combine This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad s place in the poetic firmament he is simply the best we have A worthy successor to James Schuyler, Trinidad writes soulfully and sometimes photorealistically about the melancholy threshold where dolls and stars become inner objects dirty, glamorous, destructible Jacqueline Susann meets Sei Shonagon Trinidad manages to combine neo formalist abstraction with dripping gorgeous figuration Bonnard s wet dream Wayne Koestenbaum This is a volume celebratory in tone, panoramic in scope, funny, and genuinely moving Trinidad is at the center of what s relevant in his art And this collection is vital and enjoyable than any single performance he has given thus far D.A Powell Trinidad attends to the present to see into the past with such needle point precision it s like encountering a perfectly appointed movie set where personal memory crosses intimately with cultural memory Poetic form in Trinidad s hands is a metaphor for staking a claim on the material world even as it slips away in a shimmery Hollywood dissolve a desperate, doomed reclamation of all that can never be held long enough Robyn Schiff Utterly deadpan and astonishingly fine is how Publishers Weekly described the poems of David Trinidad And here is the collection all David Trinidad fans have been waiting for the first book to have works from all his previous books along with forty new poems Dear Prudence New and Selected Poems.

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    1. I recently read this quote in one of my online lessons : The following quotation from Martha Graham is one worth memorizing: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how [...]

    2. I read his poem for Rachel Sherwood on-line and it was enough to send me looking for this volume. It was pleasure to read and as a contemporary of Trinidad's, I found his references to events in pop culture to be a delight to explore. Like the best of pop are, he re-contextualizes records by the Supremes or episodes of the Patty Duke Show that compel the reader to see these things in a brand-new light. The poem entitled 'A Living Doll' was wonderful to discover but, I confess, that by the end of [...]

    3. Too many poems on too little material. This collection largely focuses on collecting, minute detail, growing up (and being a grown-up) gay,toys, pink and Barbies-- all interesting topics, but not for nearly 500 pages of poems.In some ways, this poetry is the story of our day; consumerism and rock legends fill up the pages led into the poems by cliches. The style is not terribly formal, although there is at least one villanelle and one sestina. Trinidad favors short lines and speech-like language [...]

    4. I enjoyed David Trinidad's New and Selected Poems. He is of the New York School, grandson of Frank O'Hara and son of James Schuyler. He combines an air of improvisation with a keen sense of form. The content is rather run-of-the-mill: white boy from suburb do drugs, drink and sex, then sober up to take his poetic vocation seriously, falling in love, and then breaking up with a longtime-partner, losing friends to AIDS. But he has an unmistakable zest for life and friendship. And an obsession with [...]

    5. Of the new poems in this volume, the following have immediately impressed me: "Black Telephone," "Without a Title," "Jacqueline Susann and Her Husband," and "The Past."

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