Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, now in paperback
Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys
- Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry
D. A. Powell’s fifth book of poetry 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.
- “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.”—The New Yorker
- “[Powell] watches himself aging, his disease making off with his body, his energy and his hope—but not his humor. . . . 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.”—NPR
- “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 . . . from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods.”—Vanity Fair
- “Taut, edgy, and erotic. . . . [Powell’s] wit and brazen perspective make him a poet’s poet.”?The Washington Post