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Talking Dirty to the Gods

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A daredevil poetic achievement nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

. . . A god isn't worth

A drop of water in the hell of his good

Imagination, if we can't curse

Sunsets & threaten to forsake him

In 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.

Synopsis:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of 11 books examines the basic rituals connecting insects, animals, human beings, and gods, in this inspired collection--in which each of the deadly sins is enlivened.

About the Author

Yusef Komunyakaa was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1947. His eleven books of poems include Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374272555
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Komunyakaa, Yusef
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
vol. VII, no 84
Publication Date:
20010912
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.62 x 5.28 x 0.38 in

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