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  • Series: Small Press Distribution (All Titles)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933527471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933527475
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Trinidad's hefty retrospective, Dear Prudence, makes good on [his] early promise to make poetry extravagant, delightful, and valuable." --Ange Mlinko, Bookforum

"Trinidad manages to craft a literary personality that approaches the universal, a rendering of emotions we all can share." --Reagan Upshaw, Able Muse

"Dear Prudence: New & Selected Poems is a formidable collection that makes a strong case for David Trinidad to have a part in the conversation of current major American poets." --Gina Myers, Coldfront

About the Author

David Trinidad (born 1953) is an American poet. Trinidad was born in Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, he was one of a group of poets who were active at the Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Venice, California. Other members of this group included Dennis Cooper, Bob Flanagan, and Amy Gerstler. As editor of Sherwood Press, he published books by Cooper, Flanagan, Gerstler, Tim Dlugos, Alice Notley, and others. In 1988, Trinidad relocated to New York City. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College in 1990. He taught at Rutgers University, the New School, and Princeton University. His collection PLASTICVILLE (2000) was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets. In 2002, Trinidad moved to Chicago to teach at Columbia College Chicago, where he co-founded the literary journal Court Green. In addition to his own books of poetry, Trinidad has edited A FAST LIFE: THE COLLECTED POEMS OF TIM DLUGOS (Nightboat Books, 2011) and the earlier selected Powerless (Serpent's Tail, 1995), Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford (with Maxine Scates, 2001), and Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (with Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, 2007). Trinidad's personal papers are archived at the Fales Library at New York University.

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Here it is folks, poetry for our time. The first poem complains about hearing the Ramones as muzack in a grocery store and then takes us on the whole history of a relationship with a girl through the punk scene. He does this in a pretty conventional form. I don't respect poetry that can't even keep rhythm. And I kind of agree with Frost that poetry without form is like tennis without a net. But after reading David Trinidad, I scratched my head and wondered what real relevance Robert Frost has in terms of what he's saying. At least he was fresh and still is really. It's all the other guys after the modern and post-modern poets who can't seem to find their own voice or something new and interesting to say. Well here it is, better than anybody I've read in my lifetime, the voice of today in poetry. I liked it so much I immediately started writing my own poetry again. Thank you for that, David. You're great.
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