National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistPublishing Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry Finalist Powell follows his two earlier books of verse—Tea and Lunch—with the third installment in his own contemporary take on The Divine Comedy. Cocktails is a collection of poems both harrowing and beautiful that address, among many other topics, the author's gay childhood and his life with AIDS. These are well-crafted, uniquely structured, and confidently voiced works that strive toward redemption and light within the transformative, often conflicting worlds of the cocktail lounge, the movie theater, and the Gospels. Throughout the book, we encounter a poet whose "lens for examining reality and society is fitted with a very modern filter—passionate wit . . . By breaking up grammar, the line, and [our] common associations, Powell rejuvenates poetry" (Carol Frost).
D. A. Powell is also the author of Tea and Lunch. He is the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University.