Talking Dirty to the Gods Poems

ISBN-10: 0374527938

ISBN-13: 9780374527938

Edition: N/A

Authors: Yusef Komunyakaa

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A daredevil poetic achievement nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award . . . A god isn't worth A drop of water in the hell of his good Imagination, if we can't curse Sunsets & threaten to forsake him In his storehouse of belladonna, Tiger hornets, & snakebites. --from "Meditations in a Swine Yard" No turn in any life cycle is taboo as Yusef Komunyakaa examines the primal rituals shared by insects, animals, human beings, and deities in Talking Dirty to the Gods. From "Hearsay" to "Heresy," these 132 poems, each consisting of four quatrains, are framed by innuendo and lively satire. Komunyakaa looks to nature and configures his own paradigm, in which an event as commonplace as the jewel wasp laying an egg in a cockroach becomes every bit as grand as Zeus's infidelity. The formally rigorous collection is itself a design for a systematic cosmos, a world compressed but abundant in surprise and delight.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Yusef Komunyakka'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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