"For the distinguished poet and teacher Yusef Komunyakaa, the best path to the essential core of things is not always straight. But the majority of the poems collected in Warhorses are notable for their directness and immediacy . . . One of the book's most powerful images occurs in the final poem of this section, called 'The Crying Hill,' in which the poet remembers 'that old man/ facing a silent field of land mines,/circled by barbed wire, calling/ his daughter's name over a loudspeaker/ on his crying hill near the Golan Heights' . . . Yusef Komunyakaa is a national cultural treasure, a poet whose depth of compassion and gift for the telling turn of phrase will guarantee him a distinguished place in the literary history of our times. Warhorses captures his powers at their peak."—Robert Boyd, The St. Louis Post Dispatch
Yusef Komunyakaa’s thirteen books of poems include Warhorses, Taboo, and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the winner of the American Academy of Poets’ Wallace Stevens Award and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award. He teaches at Princeton University.
Yusef Komunyakaa reads an excerpt from his "Love in a Time of War." Originally recorded for National Poetry Month and http://www.fsgpoetry.com