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  • Title: Talking Dirty to the Gods
  • Author: Yusef Komunyakaa
  • ISBN: 9780374527938
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback

  • Talking Dirty to the Gods By Yusef Komunyakaa A daredevil poetic achievement nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award A god isn t worthA drop of water in the hell of his goodImagination, if we can t curse Sunsets threaten to forsake himIn his storehouse of belladonna,Tiger hornets, snakebites from Meditations in a Swine Yard No turn in any life cycle is taboo as Yusef Komunyakaa examinA daredevil poetic achievement nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award A god isn t worthA drop of water in the hell of his goodImagination, if we can t curse Sunsets threaten to forsake himIn his storehouse of belladonna,Tiger hornets, snakebites from Meditations in a Swine Yard No turn in any life cycle is taboo as Yusef Komunyakaa examines the primal rituals shared by insects, animals, human beings, and deities in Talking Dirty to the Gods From Hearsay to Heresy, these 132 poems, each consisting of four quatrains, are framed by innuendo and lively satire Komunyakaa looks to nature and configures his own paradigm, in which an event as commonplace as the jewel wasp laying an egg in a cockroach becomes every bit as grand as Zeus s infidelity The formally rigorous collection is itself a design for a systematic cosmos, a world compressed but abundant in surprise and delight.
    Yusef Komunyakaa
    Yusef Komunyakaa born April 29, 1947 is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world.His subject matter ranges from the black general experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights time period and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War from

    Talking Dirty to the Gods By Yusef Komunyakaa

    Commentaires:

    Jane Alberdeston
    Though I d read other books from Mr Komunyakaa and loved every one, it took a fellow Cave Canem poet to get me inside this book I haven t been read to in a long time Not the way we are read to at poetry readings but the way it was when we were five and all the day lead up to that ariel moment, if we were lucky What was it but the poet s voice that took me into Komunyakaa s diamond rough stanzas Like all things you can t explain, it was like a dream it happened while driving and all my focus brok [...]

    Victoria
    I read this book on the recommendation of my boyfriend, who raved about Yusef Komunyakaa s poetry At first, I didn t understand the hype Each poem is written in four quatrains, and the form and rhythm seemed very rigid to me.As I forged on, though, I developed an appreciation for Komunyakaa s style in this volume At first it put me somewhat off balance, but his blending of themes works well with that sort of dizzy reading.Almost every poem relates a myth to modern times Komunyakaa pulls on the r [...]

    ben adam
    4 stars is the appropriate rating for this book which is made up entirely of poems w four stanzas and each stanza a quatrain At first, it seems as though the author was very limited by the constraints of this type of poem, but it starts to feel as though he is showing off Every poem is good even though they are restricted by form The entirety is somewhat incredible to behold, but none of the individual poems really stand out Every one of them is excellent, but no one poem rises above the others [...]

    Ami
    This is actually in reference to a poem in the upcoming collection, War Horses, but believe me, to write about someone like this, I did a ton of research fsgpoetry fsg 2008 04

    Nice
    Komunyakaa is one of my favorite contempary poets This book of poems is an excellent showcase of his skill.

    Mandy Jones
    Amazing collection I tend to like my poets to have a vagina, but this guy is really the cats meow.

    John
    This is a breezy and lurid read I ve never read raunchy poetry before It also led to my favorite library experience ever I m rushing out of the office to get to the library before it closesIm getting checked out, and I have the 90 year old teller She s scanning my book, and peels off the library circulation and says You always get interesting thingsWhat s this Ooh, it s a penis Regardless these are moistly modernizing myths Often into a sexually explicit nature Some of my favorites are Night Ri [...]

    Donald Armfield
    What s not to like about dirty talk Although that was the main focus throughout this collection There was to it Seven deadly sins Ode to dust Komunyakaa is a God for poetry.Utetheisa OrnatrixNight RitualLimeOde To MaggotsSlime MoldsNipplesScapegoatSpirit TrapsChasity BeltMeditation in the Swine YardBedazzled The CitadelNightfallThe Four EvangelistsAcalophilesSilkwormOkay I ll stop naming titles but the whole book is worth a read than once I will be checking out from Yusef Komunyakaa.

    Tyler Russell
    Have been meaning to read some of Komunyakaa s work for some time now, finally picked this upI don t like every poem, but there are definitely some amazing lines that make my skin tingle they are so good.

    Stacy McCullough.
    The poems alone are great, but as a book it is too much Komunyakaa obviously was trying to add something new by thinking everything out into four stanzas of four lines, making the poems look quite boxy But one hundred some pages of it was too much repetition for me.

    Heather
    i was introduced to this poet and sasha feinstein through a class taken by my ex fiance the author has at least as good a feel for rhythm as feinstein but his poems are charged with energy and testosteronemething i enjoy, but have to be in the mood for.

    Jonathan Tennis
    Enjoyable Favorites are as follows Night Ritual, Lime, Scapegoat, The Citadel, Toxic Waste, Postscript to a Summer Night, Yesteryear, and Ode to the Raccoon Will read it again one day and would recommend to others interested in Komunyakaa s work.

    Barbara
    This is my least favorite of his I didn t feel the passion, man.

    Bernadette
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    Robin
    An interesting read, to be sure I wasn t familiar with Komunyakaa s work before reading this, although I d heard good things This was a good read, for sure.

    adrienne
    favorite poems Crow Lingo and Philosophers, Inc.

    Jennifer
    If it s possible for a book of poetry to be stuffy, then this book is stuffy.

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