Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys

D A Powell (Author)
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, now in paperback

D. A. Powell's fifth book of poetry, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, explores the darker side of divisions and developments, the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouse, and bar. With witty banter, emotional resolve, and powerful lyricism, this collection demonstrates Powell's exhilarating range.

Product Details

Price: $16.00
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Published Date: November 18, 2014
Pages: 108
Dimensions: 5.9 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781555976958
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About the Author

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections of poetry, including Chronic, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Reviews

Praise for D. A. Powell

"No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible." --Stephen Burt, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Powell turns the lyric form inside out. The work explodes off the page like Molotov cocktails." --John Freeman, "Los Angeles Times"
Praise for "Useless Landscape: "
"Powell has now turned the corner from promising new poet into established power. ["Useless Landscape"] condenses his obsessions into poems clearer and more compact than ever, some scathing and others comedic, some based on life stories and others built on puns. . . . Powell, with his range of form and line, his dark but vivid humor, and his commitment to Romantic traditions, is set apart. . . . This book will belong on many lists of the year's best." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour through a "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods." --"Vanity Fair," "Hot Type""Powell has a perfect ear. . . . [His] great subject is passion, in all its stages and manifestations: passion sought, spent, relived in the mind, played out in language." --Dan Chiasson, "The New Yorker"

"In this, his fifth and most elegant and accessible book, [Powell] watches himself aging, his disease making off with his body, his energy and his hope--but not his humor: 'You face your wrinkles, daily, in the mirror. / But the wrinkles are so slimming, they rather flatter.' He entreats us, by book's end, to 'triumph over death with me.' It's an invitation--and a poet--you won't be able to resist." --National Public Radio, "Not Your Parents' Poems: A 2012 Poetry Preview""[D. A. Powell's] masterful fifth book, "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," digs deep into the tar pit of language. . . . And while the language is fresh and modern, this is a book about the oldest themes: how quickly time passes, how the past can be regained--if only momentarily--in art, and how to accept the finality of death. . . . "Useless Landscape" is sad and profound, but also wildly brave, often funny, and past a thrilling point of no return." --Craig Morgan Teicher, Na
Praise for "Useless Landscape: "

"With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour through a "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods." --"Vanity Fair," "Hot Type""Powell has a perfect ear. . . . [His] great subject is passion, in all its stages and manifestations: passion sought, spent, relived in the mind, played out in language." --Dan Chiasson, "The New Yorker"

"Taut, edgy, and erotic. . . . [Powell's] wit and brazen perspective make him a poet's poet." --"The Washington Post"

"In this, his fifth and most elegant and accessible book, [Powell] watches himself aging, his disease making off with his body, his energy and his hope--but not his humor: 'You face your wrinkles, daily, in the mirror. / But the wrinkles are so slimming, they rather flatter.' He entreats us, by book's end, to 'triumph over death with me.' It's an invitation--and a poet--you won't be able to resist." --National Public Radio, "Not Your Parents' Poems: A 2012 Poetry Preview"

"Don't be conused by the title: [Powell] writes rollicking poetry for adults." --"Los Angeles Times""[D. A. Powell's] masterful fifth book, "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," digs deep into the tar pit of language. . . . And while the language is fresh and modern, this is a book about the oldest themes: how quickly time passes, how the past can be regained--if only momentarily--in art, and how to accept the finality of death. . . . "Useless Landscape" is sad and profound, but also wildly brave, often funny, and past a thrilling point of no return." --Craig Morgan Teicher, National Public Radio ""Useless Landscape" might turn out to be the most affecting, as well as the most disturbing, book of poems published this year." --Stephen Burt, "Boston Review""[Powell] presents a finely textured atlas of experience and desire. . . . Powell is a renowned
"Powell has a perfect ear . . . [His] great subject is passion, in all its stages and manifestations: passion sought, spent, relived in the mind, played out in language." --Dan Chiasson, "The New Yorker
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"With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour through a "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods." --"Vanity Fair
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"Powell's fifth collection is a stunner . . . Memory, sensuality, and time all tangle with each other--altering each other as they go. Powell takes us beyond the 'salty declivites' of a Turkish bath into a wilderness of desire, a 'region of want.' There could be no sounder guide." --"The Boston Globe"

Powell has a perfect ear . . . [His] great subject is passion, in all its stages and manifestations: passion sought, spent, relived in the mind, played out in language. "Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker"

With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour through a "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods. "Vanity Fair"

Powell's fifth collection is a stunner . . . Memory, sensuality, and time all tangle with each other--altering each other as they go. Powell takes us beyond the salty declivites' of a Turkish bath into a wilderness of desire, a region of want.' There could be no sounder guide. "The Boston Globe""

"Powell has a perfect ear . . . [His] great subject is passion, in all its stages and manifestations: passion sought, spent, relived in the mind, played out in language." --Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

"With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour through a Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods." --Vanity Fair

"Powell's fifth collection is a stunner . . . Memory, sensuality, and time all tangle with each other--altering each other as they go. Powell takes us beyond the 'salty declivites' of a Turkish bath into a wilderness of desire, a 'region of want.' There could be no sounder guide." --The Boston Globe