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Muscular Music

ISBN-10: 0887484387
ISBN-13: 9780887484384
Edition: 2006
Authors: Terrance Hayes
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Description: The poems in Terrance Hayes's book, Muscular Music, are atypical of most writers' first books of poetry. One cannot categorize these poems simply as confessional, narrative, or lyrical. They are all these things at once. They move beyond usual  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Carnegie Mellon University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The poems in Terrance Hayes's book, Muscular Music, are atypical of most writers' first books of poetry. One cannot categorize these poems simply as confessional, narrative, or lyrical. They are all these things at once. They move beyond usual explorations of childhood or family to blend themes and influences that range from Neruda to Coltrane, Fat Albert to Orpheus, John Shaft to Gershwin. This book gives us an almost Whitmanesque account of an America, and an African American, replete with grace and imperfection. Moreover, it gives us a voice that does not sacrifice truth for music or music for accessibility. At the end of a poem that includes Bill Strayhorn, Andrew Carnegie, and Dante, Hayes says, "I know one of the rings of hell is reserved for men who refuse to weep. So I let it come. And it does not move from me." These lines reflect what is always at the core of Hayes's poetry: a faithfulness, not to traditional forms or themes, but to heart and honesty. It is a core bounded by and cradled by a passion for the music in all things.

At Pegasus
What I am
Morning Poem
Shafro
Derrick Poem (the Lost World)
Salami
Pittsburgh
Buy One, Get One
I Want to be Fat
How You Beens
Summer
Ballad of Bullethead Yummy Suite
Blues
Blues for Shavon
From Reen
Janie Fields
Micaiah
Local Grocer
Little Ron
Derrick & Cragg
Jumpschool
Something for Marvin
Goliath Poem
Noir: Orpheus
Some Luminous Distress
Late
Tenderness
Blackbird
Lady Sings the Blues
Poet Dying at the Window
Mr. Mouse Plays the Blues
Hathaway
Woman Walking on the Road
When the Neighbors Fight
Midnight
Boxcar
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