To see the next poem click on the poem.D. A. Powell’s books include Cocktails and Chronic, both finalists for the Publishing Triangle and National Book Critics Circle Awards. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critic Stephen Burt, writing in the New York Times, said of D. A. Powell “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.” A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at University of San Francisco, Columbia University, University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Davidson College. He lives in San Francisco. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys is Powell’s fifth collection of poems. Reprinted with permission from Graywolf.