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  • Series: Poets, Penguin
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Fourth Printing edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143036866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143036869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In this searching follow-up to the acclaimed Hip Logic, Hayes bluntly concludes that "everyone/ is a descendant of slaves" and, more tentatively, wonders "if outrunning your captors is not the real meaning of Race?" A series of "Blue" poems ("The Blue Bowie," "The Blue Terrance") considers 20th-century representations of race, culling wisdom and impressions from poet-activist Amiri Baraka, filmmaker and performer Melvin Van Peebles and even Dr. Seuss: "Blacks in one box. Blacks in two box/ Blacks on/ Blacks stacked in boxes stacked on boxes." Utilizing a range of forms and voices—Dante's terza rima, jerky blues in the spirit of Langston Hughes, Frostian lyrics, contemporary prose poems—Hayes brilliantly delivers the aeolian flux promised by the title: "a signature of wind,/ my type-written handwriting reconfiguring the past." (Apr.)
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About the Author

Terrance Hayes received an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the recipient of a 1999 Whiting Writers Award, and his first collection of poetry, Muscular Music, was the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2000. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


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Terrance Hayes was born in South Carolina in 1971. Lighthead, his most recent poetry collection, won the 2010 National Book Award. His third collection, Wind in a Box (Pengiuin 2006), was named one of the best 100 books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly. His other books of poetry are Muscular Music (1999), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Hip Logic (2002), which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, seven Best American Poetry selections, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Dougherty on December 21, 2006
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For the Blue Sequence, for the Borges, for the funk and the experimentation, for the hearbreaking narrative right beside the elliptical maneuvaring, for negotiating all styles to make a new style(s), for the appreciation of aesthetics that cross without crossing out any, this is my vote for best book of poems in 2006, and beyond.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Harms on May 12, 2007
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The above title is a quote from one of the six poems in the collection which share with collection's title. Haye's poetry is angry and blue. It's wild and yet contemplative, structured and yet abstract. Which means nothing in terms of a review, but he is possibly the strongest voice in American poetry today. His words are powerful and relentless. He is the future of American poetry and he's already arrived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gazarek on October 31, 2008
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Hayes has something that I really like, something that's rare in modern poets: he has the ability to be both intelligent and playful at the same time. He combines a number of different modern poetry styles to create poems that are confusing, thrilling, interesting, sad, childish, and heartfelt all in the best of possible ways. I never found myself reading a poem I didn't like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trash/Art on October 9, 2008
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Hayes is a man of power. His poetry doesn't act upon flowery language or the use of a thesaurus. The power lies in the emotional restraint and outlet. My personal favorite poems are the ones focusing on the music of the past. He pegs David Bowie down pretty well.
Many of the poems are racially charged, further enhancing the emotional impact of this book.
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