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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820330973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820330976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ed Pavlic shapes the ineffable (some call it Duende, some call it Soul) into a language haunting the borders of the sayable and unsayable, the sung and unsung. He casts Hathaway as Orpheus searching 'for an opening between need and can't have and have and can't need.' Winners Have Yet to Be Announced is a meditation on our own between-ness: our wish to be rooted pulling against our wish to transcend. It is a visionary book."--Terrance Hayes, author of Wind in a Box

"To capture the monumental paradoxes and prismatic genius of Donny Hathaway, one must have an epic imagination and a sense of language that flames in poetry toward transcendent truth. Ed Pavlic rises to the task admirably. Winners Have Yet to Be Announced is a book of breathtaking literary and intellectual invention, a searing, soulful exploration of the songs and silences 'and the unforgiving pains and desperations, and the demons and disharmonies too' that tracked Hathaway into sonic immortality. Finally Hathaway's musical and moral legacy is matched with a metaphoric intensity that honors the master's splendidly unique creativity."--Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop

"Ed Pavlic's tribute to Donny Hathaway is stunning. Pavlic writes the way Hathaway sang. Can you hear it? Terror and joy ride the wave together. This is a song, sung over a song, sung over another song and another, until it finds expression through a strange angel of a human."--Joy Harjo, author of How We Became Human

"This year saw some important new poetry collections by Ruth Stone, Frank Bidart, Mark Doty, and Patricia Smith, but Ed Pavlic's dizzyingly original collection of prose poems, Winners Have Yet to Be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway, is one of the most brilliantly conceived works I've read in years. With his singular phrasings and extraordinary ability to capture the nuances of time and place in an array of voices, Pavlic's poetry is as close to music as any American writer has ever accomplished."--"Poetry Collection of the Year", Bloomsbury Review

"Ed Pavlic creates Donny Hathaway as a man in a torn up world that's coming back into focus like snowflakes falling from a midnight sky and just as perishable. All Donny can do about it is turn what he sees and hears and feels into glorious music, and pray that someone else will understand. Winners Have Yet to Be Announced puts you in that man's head, and it's a marvelous, frightening, sobering, delirious place to be."--Dave Marsh, author of The Beatles' Second Album

"Pavlic's wide-ranging, lyrical approach matches Hathaway's virtuosity and honors him with equal amounts of soul and heart. He seems nourished by the innards of Hathaway's life, both intellectual and spiritual—and how can he not but be inspired? Winners Have Yet to Be Announced is a hammered book about the tragic eloquence of a man's life."--Major Jackson, author of Hoops

"Donny Hathaway traced the lonely line between gospel and the blues and tried to tell us that 'Someday We'll All Be Free,' though in the end he was perhaps unable to believe it himself. Pavlic's compelling meditation on Hathaway allows us to see how grace can grow in the cracks of city sidewalks and redemption may catch us even when we leap from its grasp."--Timothy B. Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name

"A dearth of original interview material has led to much speculation about the creative process, inner workings and mental turmoil that made the late Donny Hathaway a black icon beyond his thirty-three years. Using the art of vivid poetic prose and imagery, Pavlic paints a portrait of a brilliant artist possessed by music, a nonetheless reluctant live performer whose ability to evoke emotion and provoke response among his audience transcended his own often deeply troubled state of mind. Through Pavlic's work, we are left with a greater understanding and comprehension of Hathaway, both man and musical master."--David Nathan, author of The Soulful Divas

About the Author

Ed Pavlic is associate professor of English and director of the MFA/PhD program in creative writing at the University of Georgia. His previous books of poems are Labors Lost Left Unfinished and Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue, which was selected by Adrienne Rich for the American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize. He has also published a scholarly work, Crossroads Modernism, on African American literary culture.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Werner on May 4, 2008
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If Donny Hathaway was a poet, and he was, this is the book he would have sung. Ed Pavlic weaves together echoes of Donny's songs, fragments of his biography, and meditations on the things that matter most: trying to love with honesty and integrity; facing up to the demons around us and in our heads; reaching for the spirits in the dark.

This is simply a great book. It belongs on the shelf next to Michael Ondaatje, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, John Berger: the writers who are trying to make our world possible.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Belinda Roberson on September 14, 2009
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I have read everything that Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor and even a Stephen King book. I love reading stuff that is way out there, thus my love for the magnificent Ms. Morrison and Ms. Naylor. You can't get much stranger than those two ladies.

But nothing compares to Ed Pavlic's garble and confusion on every page of this book. I got a damn headache trying to read that mess. I love Donny and have everything he's ever recorded. I have been looking for anything written about him, with the understanding that yes, he was mentally challenged. Many brilliant people are.

I realize that the writing represents imagined conversations with Donny Hathaway, but if you're serious about reading this book, you will need Zoloft, a joint, and an interpreter. I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED WITH THE BOOK! Plus, I learned very little about this great man by reading Mr. Pavlic's book.
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