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D.A. Powell is the author of Tea (Wesleyan, 1998), Lunch (Wesleyan, 2000) and Cocktails (Graywolf, 2004). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is currently Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Chelsea, Denver Quarterly, the Washington Post and in the anthologies The New Younger American Poets, Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry and The World in Us: Gay and Lesbian Writing of the Next Wave. He has received awards from the James Michener Foundation, the Academy of American Poets and a 2003 NEA Literature Fellowship. In Cocktails, D. A. Powell givers us poems of sharp wit and graceful eloquence born of the AIDS pandemic. These poems, both harrowing and beautiful, strive toward redemption within the transformative and often conflicting worlds of the cocktail lounge, the cinema, and the Gospels.

Ralph Adamo has published several collections of poetry, including Sadness at the Private University and The End of the World (both from Lost Roads Publishers), Hanoi Rose (New Orleans Poetry Journal pss) and his latest collection, Waterblind (Portals pss, 2002). He has taught creative writing at Loyola, Tulane, and the University of New Orleans. While at Loyola University, from 1993-1999, Adamo edited New Orleans Review. He has also worked as a journalist, a television script writer, and a CETA teacher bringing poetry into communities of the elderly. Adamo earned an MFA at the University of Arkansas in 1974.He now teaches at LSU and at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Academy. He was the recipient of the first Faulkner Society Award and a 2003 NEA Literature Fellowship.

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"Waterblind collects thirty years of Ralph Adamo's poems, long needed by us all, so dazzling is his voice, so singing his syntax, so original his art that we may have forgotten what we hungered for in poetry were it not for him. I celebrate Waterblind with awe and gratitude." - Carolyn Forch´┐Ż


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