Dear Prudence — New and Selected Poems

David Trinidad

Selected for several year-end Top Ten Books of the Year

  • “This magnum opus confirms David Trinidad's place in the poetic firmament: he is simply the best we have. A worthy successor to James Schuyler, Trinidad writes soulfully and sometimes photorealistically about the melancholy threshold where dolls and stars become inner objects -- dirty, glamorous, destructible. Jacqueline Susann meets Sei Shonagon? Trinidad manages to combine neo-formalist abstraction with dripping, gorgeous figuration: Bonnard's wet dream.” — Wayne Koestenbaum

  • “This is a volume celebratory in tone, panoramic in scope, funny and genuinely moving. Trinidad is at the center of what's relevant in his art. And this collection is more vital and more enjoyable than any single performance he has given thus far.” — D.A. Powell

  • “...Trinidad attends to the present to see into the past with such needle fine precision it's like encountering a perfectly appointed movie set where personal memory crosses intimately with cultural memory. Poetic form in Trinidad's hands is a metaphor for staking a claim on the material world even as it slips away in a shimmery Hollywood dissolve – a desperate, doomed reclamation of all that can never be held long enough.” — Robyn Schiff