D.A. Powell’s Chronic

Popping in after awhile for a short review:

Chronic: PoemsChronic: Poems by D.A. Powell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this, and I did at first. His talent is irrefutable, and when I felt him in more designy shoes, as in the more formalist poems in the opening pages, I connected more. But once he started engaging his subject matter, mostly, environmental and health devastation, I found the poems to move much less certainly, much too conscious of and forcing themselves toward the larger thematic concerns of the collection. Perhaps I’m biased against strong subjects in collections, but I’d almost rather read an essay than poems on these topics.

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