Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Great Regulars: [D.A.] Powell's texts are full of raunchy riffs,

but they're also scathing, blistered with the injustices of California, the built-over beauty of California, the dead ends of California. A haunting poem entitled only "A Brief History of Internment" reads "Hence the wild daikon./We've made the landscape mean here./And  then we put down roots." In another poem, the kiwi fruit arrives from Australia, just as Central Valley boys, barely ripened themselves, are sent to Vietnam.

from The Barnes and Noble Review: Useless Landscape: A Guide for Boys


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