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D. A. Powell

Jan 3, 2013 — Poet Kevin Young picks out his favorite poetry books from 2012, including works from the U.S. poet laureate to up-and-coming writers.
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Feb 16, 2012 — D.A. Powell's poems in Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys subvert Boy Scout imagery with cheekiness, and take on desire, salvation and HIV with courage. This is a book that looks death in the eye — and winks.
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Jan 13, 2012 — The most anticipated collections of the year revisit the past and take us to the frontiers of language, borrowing from Twitter memes and overheard conversation, from the classics and bad movies.
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Mar 13, 2005 — In January, the National Book Critics Circle announced the nominees for this year's awards — among them, five poets. J.D. McClatchy, a professor of English at Yale University, talks through some of the nominated verse.
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