David Trinidad

David Trinidad

About David Trinidad

David Trinidad is an contemporary american poet and writer. He published his first collections of poetry in 1981 'Pavane'. In the early 1980s, Trinidad was one of a group of poets who were active at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California. Other members of this group included Dennis Cooper, Bob Flanagan, Amy Gerstler, Jack Skelley, and Ed Smith. As editor of Sherwood Press, he published books by Cooper, Flanagan, Gerstler, Tim Dlugos, Alice Notley, and others. In addition to his own books, Trinidad has edited several volumes of poetry, including A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (2011), which won a Lambda Literary Award. His latest edited volume, Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith, will be published in June 2019. Trinidad is known for his masterful use of popular culture in his poems. The poet James Schuyler wrote, 'Trinidad turns the paste jewels of pop art into the real thing'. His work is also associated with the innovative formalism of the New York School. Alice Notley has written, 'There is an unwavering light in all of Trinidad’s work that turns individual words into objects, new facts'.
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