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Talking Dirty to the Gods

Poems

Yusef Komunyakaa

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

These prismatic lyrics—so solidly constructed, so thematically expansive—speak of, and for, the primal rituals and ribald taboos shared by insects, animals, human beings, and deities. "Komunyakaa's mournful surrealism seems to have found a perfect mathematical embodiment," observed The New Yorker. "[This book] comprises 132 poems of four four-line stanzas. These are poems about the uncontrollable human and natural mysteries, and they are made sharper and more mysterious by the eternal recurrence of the stanzaic structure. Komunyakaa's lexical and historical range is large, and his improvisations move effortlessly from Theocritus to Rimbaud, Chet Baker, and the Black Panthers."

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"Komunyakaa's mournful surrealism seems to have found a perfect mathematical embodiment in [Talking Dirty to the Gods]...Komunyakaa's lexical and historical range is large, and his improvisations move effortlessly." --The New Yorker

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  • Yusef Komunyakaa

  • 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.
  • Yusef Komunyakaa © Tom Wallace
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Talking Dirty to the Gods

Poems

Yusef Komunyakaa

National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee
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