D.A. Powell

Honor Guard
May 13, 2012 Powell D.A.

Honor Guard


Who does this body

belong to, God?


The property that’s his

cannot be properly

displayed the way it is,



when what says us

does not mean us.

It might mean his.

Death is not ambiguous.

D. A. Powell‘s books include Repast and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys. Powell’s honors include support from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2019 John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He is a Professor in the Writing Program at University of San Francisco.