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Publisher Comments:

The Paint-Box artists color in Adam & Eve, using every hue & cryof temptation. Because God blends into the darkness the faces keep coming off.--from "Chiaroscuro"With the allusive leaps and improvisational chops of a jazz soloist, Yusef Komunyakaa is our great poet of connectivity--the secret blood that links slave and master, explorer and native, stranger and brother. In Taboo he examines the role of blacks in Western history, and how these roles are portrayed in art and literature. In taut, meticulously crafted three-line stanzas, Rubens paints his wife looking longingly at a black servant; Aphra Behn writes Oroonoko "as if she'd rehearsed it/for years in her spleen"; and in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson is "still at his neo-classical desk/musing, but we know his mind/is brushing aside abstractions/so his hands can touch flesh." Taboo is the powerful first book in a new trilogy by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work never ceases to challenge and delight his readers.

Review:

"A much-honored poet faces a global canvas in this lengthy, information-rich if sometimes repetitive sequence (the first in a promised trilogy), whose poems consider interracial contact, conflict and misunderstanding in the African diaspora, from Herodotus, ancient Greece and Egypt to modern (not to say modernist) New York. Phillis Wheatley, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Faulkner's Miss Emily, Perseus, Othello, Anne Frank and several giants of jazz stand among the many whose legacy (evil, praiseworthy or both) prompts at least one poem. The large cast makes the book feel at times exhilaratingly expansive, at other times simply crowded — no poet has used this much history, this many figures and famous names, since Robert Lowell (himself another character here). Komunyakaa won a Pulitzer for 1993's Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, which featured his extraordinarily skillful jazz-inspired short lines. Those lines here serve off- balance three-line stanzas that bear tremendous weights of raw information, and finally carry the book. The best poems either tell unfamiliar stories (Benedict the Moor, in the volume's moving finale) or eschew proper nouns for personal reflection ('In Line at the Bank'). If other verse tells more than it can show, or sounds more reportorial than lyrical, the whole sequence testifies to a skill, and an ambition, that will surely continue to merit national attention. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award–winning poet Imaginary Logicis a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. 

Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry).Imaginary Logicis the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

Synopsis:

Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. "The Art of Heaven" opens with a parody of Dante and a down-home, twisted humor that Joness readers have come to rely on: "In the middle of my life I came to a dark wood,/ the smell of barbecue, kids running in the yards./ Not deep depression. This nice Hell of suburbs./ Speed bumps. The way things arent quite paradise." Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry). Imaginary Logic is Rodney Jones's most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

About the Author

Yusef Komunyakaa's eleven books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods (FSG, 2000) and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Lingo

Imhotep

Aghribat Al-Arab

Henry the Navigator

Other Worlds

Bacchanal

Astraea's Footnotes

Queen Marie-Thérèse & Nabo

Lament & Praise Song

Sunset in Surinam

Monticello

Unframing a Triptych

Captain Amasa Delano's Dilemma

Before the Windows

Double Exposure

King of the Octave

The Price of Blood

The Quadroon's Masque Hall

Antebellum Silhouettes

Tobe's Blues

Othello's Robe

Jeanne Duval's Confession

Hagar's Daughter

Chiaroscuro

Nude Study

Trueblood's Blues

Satchmo, USA

Cante Jondo

The House

To Beauty

Daddy Red

Twilight Seduction

Homage to a Bellhop

Forgive & Live

Séance & Shadowplay

Lustration

Lucumi

Oil

At the Red Sea

In Line at the Bank

Troubling the Water

Netherworlds

Lingua Franca

The Archivist

Desecration

Outside the Blue Nile

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374291488
Subtitle:
The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems
Author:
Komunyakaa, Yusef
Author:
Jones, Rodney
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1
Series Volume:
348
Publication Date:
20060321
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 144 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374291488 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A much-honored poet faces a global canvas in this lengthy, information-rich if sometimes repetitive sequence (the first in a promised trilogy), whose poems consider interracial contact, conflict and misunderstanding in the African diaspora, from Herodotus, ancient Greece and Egypt to modern (not to say modernist) New York. Phillis Wheatley, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Faulkner's Miss Emily, Perseus, Othello, Anne Frank and several giants of jazz stand among the many whose legacy (evil, praiseworthy or both) prompts at least one poem. The large cast makes the book feel at times exhilaratingly expansive, at other times simply crowded — no poet has used this much history, this many figures and famous names, since Robert Lowell (himself another character here). Komunyakaa won a Pulitzer for 1993's Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, which featured his extraordinarily skillful jazz-inspired short lines. Those lines here serve off- balance three-line stanzas that bear tremendous weights of raw information, and finally carry the book. The best poems either tell unfamiliar stories (Benedict the Moor, in the volume's moving finale) or eschew proper nouns for personal reflection ('In Line at the Bank'). If other verse tells more than it can show, or sounds more reportorial than lyrical, the whole sequence testifies to a skill, and an ambition, that will surely continue to merit national attention. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award–winning poet Imaginary Logicis a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. 

Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry).Imaginary Logicis the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

"Synopsis" by ,
Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Joness distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless. "The Art of Heaven" opens with a parody of Dante and a down-home, twisted humor that Joness readers have come to rely on: "In the middle of my life I came to a dark wood,/ the smell of barbecue, kids running in the yards./ Not deep depression. This nice Hell of suburbs./ Speed bumps. The way things arent quite paradise." Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of Americas "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry). Imaginary Logic is Rodney Jones's most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.
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