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How to Be Drawnby Terrance Hayes
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A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Awardwinning 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 Hayes's 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.
"Another stunner, a collection that sees the poet thinking more deeply about perception — the public and private, the viewed and the ignored...the work hurdles between violent beauty and stark, philosophical truth telling." Publishers Weekly
"Assured and electrifying...a grandly imaginative and cunningly inventive poet....Hayes writes far-reaching yet intimate monologues that are simultaneously subtle and hard-hitting....Expansive, original, resounding." ALA Booklist
About the Author
Terrance Hayes received an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the recipient of a 1999 Whiting Writers Award, and his first collection of poetry, Muscular Music, was the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2000. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
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