Born in Albany, Georgia, Doug Powell has an M.A. from Sonoma State and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Explosions and Small Geometries (Norton Coker). Powell's forthcoming book Tea was a finalist for the AWP Award in Poetry, and in 1996 he won the Academy of American Poets Award. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Mirage #4/Period[ical], Antenym, and Volt. Tea begins on the day disco died and HIV was born. Powell's long, long taut line crackles with tension like the red AIDS ribbon unravelled and pulled to bursting point--or like some weird Whitman infused with the surrealist punch of Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler in The Young and Evil.

May 9, 1997