By David Trinidad
"This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad's position within the poetic firmament: he's easily the simplest we have now. A beneficial successor to James Schuyler, Trinidad writes soulfully and occasionally photorealistically in regards to the depression threshold the place dolls and stars develop into internal objects—dirty, glamorous, destructible. Jacqueline Susann meets Sei Shonagon? Trinidad manages to mix neo-formalist abstraction with dripping wonderful figuration: Bonnard's rainy dream."—Wayne Koestenbaum
"This is a quantity celebratory in tone, panoramic in scope, humorous, and surely relocating. Trinidad is on the heart of what's appropriate in his artwork. And this assortment is extra important and extra relaxing than any unmarried functionality he has given hence far."—D.A. Powell
"Trinidad attends to the current to determine into the earlier with such needle aspect precision it's like encountering a wonderfully appointed motion picture set the place own reminiscence crosses in detail with cultural reminiscence. Poetic shape in Trinidad's fingers is a metaphor for staking a declare at the fabric global while it slips away in a shimmery Hollywood dissolve—a determined, doomed reclamation of all that may by no means be held lengthy enough."—Robyn Schiff
"Utterly deadpan and astonishingly fine" is how Publishers Weekly defined the poems of David Trinidad. And this is the gathering all David Trinidad enthusiasts were ready for—the first e-book to have works from all his prior books in addition to 40 new poems: Dear Prudence: New and chosen Poems.
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Known as a “kook,” she’d eventually have breakdowns. Two strong memories of her both involve water. The ﬁrst: Stuck inside on a rainy day, Nancy and I sit at their kitchen table, coloring. Mary reacts, excitedly, to news on the radio: a local boy drowned when water suddenly ﬂooded the drain tunnel where he was playing. The thought ﬁlls me with panic and dread—a sick, breathless feeling at the bottom of my throat. The second: Because it was cheaper than carpeting, the DeMarios had had their ﬂoors laid with linoleum.
His older sister was taking hula lessons: I can still hear the lyrics of “My Little Grass Shack,” which she played over and over on her portable phonograph. I persuaded Scott to sneak her Barbie Queen of the Prom game out of his house and bring it to mine; we set it up on my bedroom ﬂoor. The board had the same graphics as the booklet: Barbie in a blue party dress, in a ﬂowing pink evening gown. We’d just started to play when my mother came in the room. She saw which game it was and made us stop, made Scott take it home.
18 Watched this episode twice and still can’t come up with idea for haiku. 19 At the hospital, everyone’s too worried to notice the Grant Wood. [ 24 ] 20 Odd frame: Norman bent over water fountain. Is he giving Dad head? 21 So much depended upon sponsors: Peyton Place is brought to you by . . 22 Note the orderly. No lines, but that look he gives Malone speaks volumes. 23 Lies, secrets, gossip and fucked-up families make this black-and-white world tick. 24 Both brothers shirtless in Norman’s bedroom.
Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems by David Trinidad