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Awards

Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry 2010

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Publisher Comments:

 

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry

In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta­tion format. This innovative collection presents the light- headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights, and ignites, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched.

 

Review:

"The deservedly acclaimed Hayes returns in his fourth book with the kinds of sly, twisting, hip, jazzy poems his fans have come to expect, but also with a new somberness of tone and mature caution. 'You can spend your whole life/ doing no more than preparing for life and thinking/ 'Is this all there is?' ' warns the book's opening poem. Later, in a book that thinks hard about fatherhood, family, and mortality, Hayes asks, 'Who cannot think// Our elegies are endless endlessly and the words/ We put to them too often unheard and hurried?' Elsewhere, Hayes treats memory with his signature wit: 'I believe, as the elephant must,/ that everything is punctured by the tusks of Nostalgia.' The book also contains a surprisingly effective series of poems based on a form called 'pecha kucha,' which, Hayes explains, is a type of Japanese business presentation in which the presenter must riff on a series of slides or images; Hayes adapts this form by bracketing the title or 'slide' he's riffing on ('The Magic of Magic' and 'The Function of Fiction' are two examples) and following with a four- or five-line stanza. The poems free-associate through their triggers, but images and themes satisfyingly resurface. Hayes, now entering mid-career, remains one of our best poets." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award–winning author of Lighthead

In How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayess background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates the

principle of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayess award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.

About the Author

Terrance Hayes is the author of Wind in a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a Whiting Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a National Poetry Series Award, and Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. He teaches in the English department at Carnegie Mellon University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143116967
Author:
Hayes, Terrance
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The deservedly acclaimed Hayes returns in his fourth book with the kinds of sly, twisting, hip, jazzy poems his fans have come to expect, but also with a new somberness of tone and mature caution. 'You can spend your whole life/ doing no more than preparing for life and thinking/ 'Is this all there is?' ' warns the book's opening poem. Later, in a book that thinks hard about fatherhood, family, and mortality, Hayes asks, 'Who cannot think// Our elegies are endless endlessly and the words/ We put to them too often unheard and hurried?' Elsewhere, Hayes treats memory with his signature wit: 'I believe, as the elephant must,/ that everything is punctured by the tusks of Nostalgia.' The book also contains a surprisingly effective series of poems based on a form called 'pecha kucha,' which, Hayes explains, is a type of Japanese business presentation in which the presenter must riff on a series of slides or images; Hayes adapts this form by bracketing the title or 'slide' he's riffing on ('The Magic of Magic' and 'The Function of Fiction' are two examples) and following with a four- or five-line stanza. The poems free-associate through their triggers, but images and themes satisfyingly resurface. Hayes, now entering mid-career, remains one of our best poets." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award–winning author of Lighthead

In How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayess background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates the

principle of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayess award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.

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