Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems

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Wesleyan University Press, Apr 30, 1993 - Poetry - 178 pages
A collection of poems from the author's earlier books combined with a dozen new poems interweave memory and history
 

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I really enjoyed the poems early in the book - about growing up in the South and his family and his VietNam experiences. His jazz poems were technically brilliant, but the subject matter was less appealing and outside my experience; I found them difficult to relate to. Read full review

Neon vernacular: new and selected poems

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This collection is comprised of poems from seven of Komunyakaa's previous collections. A master at interweaving memory and history to shape his experiences into narratives, Komunyakaa enriches his ... Read full review

Contents

Fog Galleon
3
Work II
9
Birds on a Powerline
23
The Tongue Is
37
Looking a Mad Dog Dead in the Eyes
43
Passions
49
The Nazi Doll
53
Blasphemy
66
1984
113
In the Background of Silence
120
from Toys in a Field
127
Please
133
Starlight Scope Myopia
139
We Never Know
145
Jungle Surrender
152
Missing in Action
158

Addendum
79
The Hearts Graveyard Shift
92
The Brain to the Heart
104
The Plea
163
When Loneliness Is A Man
169
Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage
175

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About the author (1993)

YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA is a professor in the creative writing department at New York University. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and many other awards for poetic achievement, including the 2001 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the 2004 Shelley Memorial Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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