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A Fast Life
The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos
Tim Dlugos; David Trinidad, ed.




Nightboat
2011 • 542 pp. 5 illus. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-9844598-3-4



The long-awaited, definitive collection of a major American poet

A Fast Life establishes Tim Dlugos—the witty and innovative poet at the heart of the New York literary scene in the late 1970s and 1980s and seminal poet of the AIDS epidemic—as one of the most distinctive and energetic poets of our time. This definitive volume contains all of the poems Dlugos published in his lifetime, a wealth of previously unpublished poems, and an informative introduction, chronology, and notes assembled by the volume’s editor, poet David Trinidad.

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“The Frank O’Hara of his generation.”—Ted Berrigan

From the Book:

Friends Service

Does light
emerge or gently
blast, as in smut,
as in thrown-off
heat, to merge
with molecules,
to gently scrape
the painted surface
with pure energy
impressive for its
silence as much
as for its skid
delineated by
the dust this
side of leaded panes,
light that floats
inside a voice
like motes
across a beam
intruding from
the outer world
in an exercise
the strength of which
depends on sitting
still, on listening
for rays suffusing
deeper than the heart-
less heartbreaking
world of romance or
of nature, a spot
that throbs with
revelation independent
of what anybody thinks
or has to have to say
keeping speech at bay
like dogs until it
starts to glow, grows
irresistible? Hold
back the words
until they turn
to light.



Born in 1950, TIM DLUGOS was involved in the Mass Transit poetry scene in Washington, D.C., and later, in New York City, in the downtown literary scene. His books include Entre Nous, Strong Place, and Powerless. Dlugos died of AIDS at the age of forty. DAVID TRINIDAD's most recent collection of poetry is the The Late Show. He teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.



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