D.A. Powell


D. A. Powell was born in Albany, Georgia, on May 16, 1963. He attended Sonoma State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1991, and his master’s in 1993. He received his MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1996. Powell is the author of the trilogy of books Cocktails (Graywolf Press, 2004), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Lunch (Wesleyan University Press, 2000); and Tea (Wesleyan University Press, 1998). His poetry collection Chronic (Graywolf Press, 2009) received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Powell’s subjects range from movies, art, and other trappings of contemporary culture to the AIDS pandemic. Powell’s work often returns to AIDS, and his first three collections have been called a trilogy about the disease. Powell has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University, and served as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of San Francisco. Source

Long Night Full Moon

You only watch the news to find out

where the fires are burning, which way

the wind is blowing, and whether

it will rain. Forecast ahead but first:

A mother’s boy laid out

in the street for hours.

These facts don’t wash away.






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Death & Loss

Racial Injustice

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work