27 October 2011

On Sylvia Plath’s 79th Birthday …

Readers of this blog, Plath Profiles, and contemporary American poetry will be familiar with the name of the poet and writer David Trinidad. Recently Dear Prudence, his new and selected poems, was published by Turtle Point Press and within its wonderful pages are a number of poems on Sylvia Plath.

Trinidad has a way of getting at the essence of Sylvia Plath in his poems.  His poetry shows evidence of his passion for Plath, and there is truthfulness in his methodological use of her archival materials and creative works. And of course, the range of poems held within the older, selected titles is moving. Seeing a poets progression through the medium of a new and selected volume is inspiring. I admire him and his poetry a great deal, and cannot recommend this book enough. Trinidad’s poetry is candid, intimate, and deeply affecting.  

The book is also available in a Kindle edition.

Other writing by David Trinidad worth your while is (and available free online): On the Road with Sylvia and Ted: Plath and Hughes's 1959 Trip Across America, Hidden in Plain Sight: On Sylvia Plath's Missing Journals, and Three Poems.


Melanie Smith said...

Thank you Peter, have ordered David Trinidad's book. I have liked all the poems/pieces of his appearing here and in PP in the past.

Happy Birthday Sylvia.

Peter K Steinberg said...

You're welcome Melanie. I hope you enjoy David's poems on Plath and on the other fascinating subjects to which his eye and heart and mind focus.

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