Dream of Order

Dream of Order


Dream of Order by Thomas Avena 

1997, paperback

"Cool, hot, relentlessly clear, Thomas Avena's poems take on the age of AIDS and paradoxically draw strength from it. This is a lean and passionate performance: poetry for our time, alas." 

-John Ashbery

"A fierce exactness of language governs these poems. Taut and sexual, they assert the balance of formal dances, in which each poised moment is a tension, a willing and stretching of the imagination. It is that will that maintains in the chaos of phenomena the desire and the ability to live."

-William Dickey