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Yusef Komunyakaa's twelve books of poems include Taboo, Warhorses, Talking Dirty to the Gods, and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech which demonstrated his incorporation of jazz influences. He followed the book with two others: I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head (1986), winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Dien Cai Dau (1988), which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize and has been cited by poets such as William Matthews and Robert Hass as being among the best writing on the war in Vietnam. Komunyakaa is the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His other honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Universite de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches poetry and creative writing in the Department of English at New York University.

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" ... in a class by itself ... sensitive, moving, and powerful jazz imagery ... the perfect companion to listening to good jazz." - Jazziz Magazine "In the course of the history of jazz, there have been only a few articles that get to the core of the meaning of jazz. These poems hit it right on the head, and the book is certainly essential for anyone who is interested in our music." --Dizzy Gillespie "To those interested in the impact of jazz upon the poetry of our century I recommend this anthology altogether without reservation." - John Lucas, JazzTimes " ... essential ... Its virtues are varied and copious, and not the least among them is discovering a writer whose work is new to you." - Los Angeles Reader "What makes this work most enjoyable is knowing the music and musicians and using that knowledge to understand and judge the poets' reactions to the elements in the music that please and inspire us." - MultiCultural Review "Filled with a variety of form, rhythm, and sound, this anthology is an absolute MUST for anyone who is even remotely interested in jazz and modern literature." --David Baker
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Product Details

  • Series: A Midland Book
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 22, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253206375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253206374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some good poems; some not so good poems. I did find several poems about some of my favorite artists. It was worth buying for that.
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This is great stuff. I don't get into poetry much, but this is just great stuff. I am getting into Jazz as a music form, and this is increasing my love for jazz. This is one of those books you pick up and read when nothing else captures you. This will capture you. You get into this and don't want to put it down. Enjoy.
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Really nice anthology, one of my favorites of the genre.
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