Tea (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Authors: D. A. Powell
Publisher: Wesleyan
Keywords: series, poetry, wesleyan,
Pages: 88
Published: 1998-02-15
Language: English
ISBN-10: 081956334X     ISBN-13: 9780819563347
Binding: Hardcover (1st)
List Price: 22.95 USD
  • Rating: 80%
Tea is a series of poems about survival. "To survive is an astonishing gift," D. A. Powell writes. "The price of that gift is memory." Visually arresting, Tea is an experimental poem-cycle with traditional formal techniques built into its "wild" surface.

The first section consists of portraits of young men, friends or former lovers, who have contracted or have died of AIDS. Pushing into the margins of culture as well as of the page, Powell combines all manner of subject and tone to create a work part memory play, part episodic novel, part funny pages -- even part dance. Poems sing from the mouths of actor Sal Mineo, Batman's sidekick Robin, and the little girl from The Exorcist. A fugue for a disco singer, a letter to the poet's dog, an ode to the 1980s and a confession of love to a public toilet vibrate between the comic and the tragic. Like its central metaphor, Tea is gossipy, swirling, steamy, and sober.

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