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In Long Distance, the fourth title in the Canto Cosas series, Steven Cordova vividly portrays the life of a young gay man living in New York--in this case, a man who has tested positive for HIV. The poet uses ironic humor to dissolve the figurative ghetto associated with the subject and to describe a general human condition in which those who survive pick up the pieces and continue their search for harmony. An important step in the evolution of AIDS poetry, Long Distance is the poet's first book-length collection.
"Those who have wondered how to write about AIDS now that it is a treatable disease need only turn to Steven Cordova's smart, funny, and haunted poems in which present and past, survival and cessation churn in a sometimes dizzying fugue of language. These are poems that will stay with you."
--David Bergman, author of Heroic Measures
Steven Cordova penned the chapbook Slow Dissolve (Momotombo Press, 2003). He has published poems in a variety of publications, including Barrow Street, Callaloo, The Journal, and Northwest Review, as well as in the online journals La Petite Zine, The Cortland Review, and the Poetry Foundation Web site. His work also appeared in the anthology Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (Wesleyan University Press, 2000). Cordova holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and lives and works in New York City.