About Donald BrittonDonald Britton was the author of Italy (1981) and the previously unpublished manuscript In the Empire of the Air. He was a remarkable poet whose career ended just as it began. He grew up in Texas, studied literature at American University, and moved to New York where he hung out with poets and artists ranging from Joe Brainard to Brad Gooch to Dennis Cooper. He published his first book of poetry, Italy, in 1981. His verse is lean and lovely, using colloquial rhythms to suggest emotions rather than express them directly. A second book was scheduled to appear, but never did. He moved to Los Angeles where he died of AIDS at age forty-three, in 1994.
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