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Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems by David Trinidad

By David Trinidad

"This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad's position within the poetic firmament: he's easily the simplest now we have. A priceless successor to James Schuyler, Trinidad writes soulfully and infrequently photorealistically concerning 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 attractive figuration: Bonnard's rainy dream."—Wayne Koestenbaum

"This is a quantity celebratory in tone, panoramic in scope, humorous, and certainly relocating. Trinidad is on the heart of what's correct 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 work out into the previous 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 arms is a metaphor for staking a declare at the fabric international at the same time it slips away in a shimmery Hollywood dissolve—a determined, doomed reclamation of all which 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 here's the gathering all David Trinidad enthusiasts were ready for—the first booklet to have works from all his earlier books besides 40 new poems: Dear Prudence: New and chosen Poems.

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The earth, just cooling—first rains, seas collecting. The orange’s ignorance of the apple. Friar drunk in a cellar. Woman opening a letter. Your honest opinion about the ass. Fat businessman, drinking coƒee, mechanical determination. Nothing more junky than old newspapers, the news of the world. Things I wish I could kick. The body remained at the rail but the mind fell overboard. [ 13 ] CHASING THE MOON ( W I T H A N N E WA L D M A N ) Just a glimpse just past midnight Half looming hugely about to sink into black trees masking Boulder horizon Enough time to catch more of her we thought so the chase was on Barreling down side streets over speed bumps [ 14 ] barely stopped at each sign Where is she?

Later in life her gambling got out of control—but she won big, I was told, finally won big. The last time I saw her, at my mother’s funeral, she was suƒering from a fungal brain disease. Straight-laced and formal, Lauren’s mother, a teacher, was one of the few single parents in the neighborhood. Instead of a lawn, she put a cactus and rock garden in their front yard. When my wagon ran oƒ the sidewalk and crushed some of the plants, Lauren’s white-haired grandmother, whom they called Boo, ran out of the house and screamed at me.

The Avon Lady treks door to door. Six or seven years old, I stand on the front porch, hand on the decorative cast-iron trellis that frames it, squinting in California sunlight, striped short-sleeved shirt buttoned at the neck. I sit in the backyard (this picture’s black-and-white), my Flintstones playset spread out on the grass. I arrange each plastic character, each dinosaur, each palm tree and round “granite” house. Half a century later, I barely recognize it when I search the address on Google Maps and, via “Street view,” find myself face to face— foliage overgrown, facade remodeled and painted a drab brown.

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