David Trinidad

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David Trinidad (born 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American poet.

In the early 1980s, he 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, and Amy Gerstler. As editor of Sherwood Press, he published books by Cooper, Flanagan, Gerstler, Tim Dlugos, Alice Notley, and others. In 1988, Trinidad relocated to New York City. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College in 1990. He taught at Rutgers University, the New School, and Princeton University. His collection Plasticville (2000) was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets. In 2002, Trinidad moved to Chicago to teach at Columbia College, where he co-founded the literary journal Court Green. His personal papers are archived at Fales Library at New York University.

In addition to his own books of poetry, Trinidad has edited Powerless, the selected poems of Tim Dlugos (1996), Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford (with Maxine Scates, 2001), Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (with Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, 2007), and A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (2011), which won a Lambda Literary Award.

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.” About The Late Show (2007), the New York Times Book Review wrote that Trinidad’s “most impressive gift is an ability to dignify the dross of American life, to honor both the shrink-wrapped sentiment of the cultural artifacts he writes about and his own much more complicated emotional response to them.”

Published works[edit]

  • Pavane (1981)
  • Monday, Monday (1985)
  • Living Doll (1986)
  • November (1987)
  • Three Stories (1988)
  • A Taste of Honey (with Bob Flanagan, 1990)
  • Hand Over Heart: Poems 1981-1988 (1991)
  • Answer Song (1994)
  • Essay with Movable Parts (1998)
  • Chain Chain Chain (with Jeffery Conway and Lynn Crosbie, 2000)
  • Plasticville (2000)
  • Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (with Jeffery Conway and Lynn Crosbie, 2003)
  • Tiny Moon Notebook (2007)
  • The Late Show (2007)
  • By Myself: An Autobiography (with D.A. Powell, 2009)
  • Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011)
  • Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013)

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