Talking Dirty to the Gods; Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa

Komunyakaa, Yusef

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8vo. 134pp. Mysterious black dot on Front pastedown and opposing flyleaf. Light shelfwear to dust jacket. Signed by author on title page. 132 poems composed in 4-line stanzas, this is the volume that followed his Pulitzer Prize-winning Neon Vernacular.* * * [Please note: additional postage fees may be required for oversized and/or international orders to be shipped.]. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Yusef Komunyakaa examines the basic rituals connecting insects, animals, human beings, and gods in this inspired collection. No turn in any life cycle is taboo here; it is the author's personal challenge that shame not dictate any facet of subject matter in this volume, a volume in which each of the seven deadly sins is enlivened, sloth first.

The first of 132 four-quatrain poems is entitled "Hearsay" and the last is called "Heresy"-the book is framed by innuendo and the kind of lively satire that extends to folklore in the blues tradition. When Komunyakaa looks to nature, he configures his own paradigm, in which something as commonplace as the jewel wasp laying an egg in a cockroach is as grand as Zeus's infidelity.

Author of eleven previous books, Komunyakaa has met his highest challenge to craft the lyric poems in Talking Dirty to the Gods. The compression of his sixteen-line form dictates an athletic use of language and generates truths past a poem's dimension.

About the Author: Yusef Komunyakaa's eleven books of poems include Thieves of Paradise, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

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