Advocate Bookshelf: Tiny Tomes

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

March 20 2012 2:00 AM ET

To Assume a Pleasing Shape by Joseph Salvatore X390 | ADVOCATE.COM Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell ($22, Graywolf Press)
Witty and powerfully lyrical, D.A. Powell's fifth book of poetry aims to demonstrate how the interstitial spaces of boonies, backstage, bathhouses, and bars are all locations of desire for men. He does so with startling clarity and accessibility and winking nod to queer culture. One example: "Q. how do you ruin any good trick? / A. you fatten him up. / If I can't have my health, at least I'll have my humor / Good Humor. Here comes the ice cream man."

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