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“The Frank O’Hara of his generation.” (Ted Berrigan)

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Born in 1950, TIM DLUGOS was involved in the Mass Transit poetry scene in Washington, D.C., and later, in New York City, in the downtown literary scene. His books include Entre Nous, Strong Place, and Powerless. Dlugos died of AIDS at the age of forty. DAVID TRINIDAD's most recent collection of poetry is the The Late Show. He teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.
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  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Nightboat Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984459839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984459834
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Dlugos died of AIDS in 1990 at age 40. People who knew his work back then realized that he was an impressively talented poet. But it was not until his friend David Trinidad put together this magnum opus of Dlugos's work that the extent of his accomplishment could be seen in full. The result of years of research and editing, this book makes clear that, despite his early death, Tim Dlugos deserves recognition as a major voice in 20th century American poetry.
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In March 2015 for National Poetry Month, the book discussion group at The LGBT Center in NYC read poetry by Tim Dlugos from "A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos." Despite the horrible snowstorm, we had a terrific turnout, including one member who actually knew Dlugos, and some absolutely enlightening and inspiring discussion. (This is why we discuss books and poetry.)

I sometimes have a difficult time reading poetry. This book was huge ("a real door-stopper," somebody called it) so I originally chose a dozen poems to try to focus the reading to a reasonable length, which may have been helpful but also biased the reading toward his later more depressing poems. Many of the early poems are lighter (some of them very light) and don't really point toward the serious tone his writing takes near the end of his life. The poems I originally selected:
SHELLEY WINTERS (a pop culture poem recalling Frank O'Hara)
POEM AFTER DINNER (an occasional poem)
GILLIGAN'S ISLAND (pop culture and commentary)
JE SUIS EIN AMERICANO (humor)
CLUBS I'VE JOINED (a very smart list poem)
AT THE POINT (memoir)
SONNET ("The night he leaves you," more about NYC)
DESIRE UNDER THE PINES (on Fire Island)
SODOM (on The Mineshaft)
SPY OF LOVE (another well-controlled sonnet)
CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD (haiku-like brevity and clarity)
THE STEVEN HAMILTON SESTINA (a masterwork of style and meaning)
SLEEP LIKE SPOONS (such a touching ending, such terrific language)
POWERLESS (a major poem and the title of one of his collections)
G-9 (the great AIDS poem made up of short lines holding on for life)
IT USED TO BE MORE FUN (on being mortal and a poet)
RADIANT BABY (on Keith Haring)
D.O.A.
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