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Awards

Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry 2010

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The stunning follow-up volume to her 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning Native Guard, by America’s 2012 Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey’s poems are at once deeply personal and historical—exploring her own interracial and complicated roots—and utterly American, connecting them to ours. The daughter of a black mother and white father, a student of history and of the Deep South, she is inspired by everything from colonial paintings of mulattos and mestizos to the stories of people forgotten by history. Meditations on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance permeate Thrall, as she reflects on a series of small estrangements from her poet father and comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

Thrall confirms not only that Natasha Trethewey is one of our most gifted and necessary poets but that she is also one of our most brilliant and fearless.

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:

The Pulitzer Prize–winning Native Guard explored Natasha Trethewey’s relationship with her black mother. Now, her new collection, Thrall, takes on the uneasy relationship between her and her white father. It charts the intersections of public and personal history that determine the roles to which a mixed-race daughter and her white father are consigned.

 

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.

Synopsis:

 

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.

 

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.

Table of Contents

Elegy 3

Miracle of the Black Leg 9

On Captivity 13

Taxonomy 16

 1. DE ESPAÑOL Y DE INDIA PRODUCE MESTIZO 16

 2. DE ESPAÑOL Y NEGRA PRODUCE MULATO 19

 3. DE ESPAÑOL Y MESTIZA PRODUCE CASTIZA 22

 4. THE BOOK OF CASTAS 24

Kitchen Maid with Supper at Emmaus; or, The Mulata 27

Knowledge 28

The Americans 33

 1. DR. SAMUEL ADOLPHUS CARTWRIGHT ON

DISSECTING THE WHITE NEGRO, 1851 33

 2. BLOOD 34

 3. HELP, 1968 35

Mano Prieta 37

De Español y Negra; Mulata 39

Mythology 41

 1. NOSTOS 41

 2. QUESTIONS POSED BY THE DREAM 42

 3. SIREN 43

Geography 45

Torna Atrás 48

Bird in the House 50

Artifact 52

Fouled 54

Rotation 55

Thrall 59

Calling 66

Enlightenment 68

How the Past Comes Back 72

On Happiness 74

Vespertina Cognitio 75

Illumination 76

Notes 81

Acknowledgments 83

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143116967
Author:
Hayes, Terrance
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Trethewey, Natasha
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:
96
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 ,

The Pulitzer Prize–winning Native Guard explored Natasha Trethewey’s relationship with her black mother. Now, her new collection, Thrall, takes on the uneasy relationship between her and her white father. It charts the intersections of public and personal history that determine the roles to which a mixed-race daughter and her white father are consigned.

 

"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.

"Synopsis" by ,
 

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.

 

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