Powerless: Selected Poems 1973-1990 (High Risk Books)

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Tim Dlugos, recognized as one of the finest post-New York School poets to be published in the 1970s and 1980s, died of AIDS as he was writing his strongest work - poems about the disease itself. Powerless, which includes those final poems, also goes back to Dlugos' earlier books to create a stunning retrospective.

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Tim Dlugos' writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Poets for Life, Christopher Street and BOMB. He was the author of several volumes of poetry. He died of AIDS in 1990.

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Dlugos died of AIDS in 1990, leaving behind a body of what might be called second New York school verse. Like first New York school masters James Schuyler, John Ashbery, and Frank O'Hara, Dlugos took the everyday life of an urban aesthete--himself--as his subject and made it everyman's life. You don't have to be gay or share his pop-culture knowledge to sympathize with him, especially in this selection, which amounts to an autobiography. Dlugos first appears as a witty, sexy, poverty-stricken young literary intellectual; modulates into a more reflective, moderately wistful person as his youthful attractiveness fades; and becomes, despite this volume's title, which Dlugos chose, a powerful reporter-poet after he is diagnosed with AIDS and endures hospitalization. There is nothing "in-your-face," however, about the AIDS poems or any of the others. Rather, there is an appealing, intelligent, earnest personality in them, one strong enough, perhaps, to lend Powerless a life longer than those of most gay men's memoirs in prose. Ray Olson

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