"Pretty Convincing" by Tim Dlugos

New York City poet Tim Dlugos published four chapbooks and one full-length collection before his death from AIDS in 1990. A new volume, A Fast Life: The Collected Works of Tim Dlugos, is being released by Nightboat Books this month. In this recording from May 1984, Dlugos reads his poem "Pretty Convincing," reprinted in A Fast Life (it previously appeared in BOMB and two previous posthumous collections), at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Venice, California.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Kate Christensen's The Astral and Adam Zagajewski's Unseen Hand, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.