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Komunyakaa, Yusef

Works: 135 works in 326 publications in 4 languages and 21,471 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Interviews  War poetry  Love poetry  Jazz poetry  Drama  Historical drama  Exhibition catalogs  Nonfiction films  Filmed interviews 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Librettist, Interviewee, Other, Performer, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3561.O455, 811.54
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Neon vernacular : new and selected poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An award-winning poet's testimony of the war in Vietnam
Thieves of paradise by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa delivers a powerful meditation on American, and particularly African American, life in the wake of Vietnam. In poems overflowing with language, memories of childhood are tinged with memories of war. Drawing on multiple traditions, Komunyakaa's poetry is potent, live, and, like the strains of jazz running through it, an erudite and soulful music
Warhorses : poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new collection of Yusef Komunyakaa's poetry delves, with his characteristic allusiveness, intelligence, and intensity, into an age of war and conflict, both global and internal, racial and sexual. "Sweetheart, was I talking war in my sleep / again?" he asks, and the question is hardly moot: "Sometimes I hold you like Achilles' / shield," and indeed all relationships, in this telling, are sites of violence and battle. His line is longer and looser than in Taboo and Talking Dirty to the Gods, and in long poems like "Autobiography of My Alter Ego" he sounds almost breathless, an exhausted but desperate prophet. With the leaps and improvisational flourishes of a jazz soloist, Komunyakaa imagines "the old masters of Shock & Awe" daydreaming of "lovely Penelope / like a trophy." Warhorses is the stunning work of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who never ceases to challenge and delight his readers."--Jacket
The chameleon couch : poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems by Yusef Komunyakaa that explores the complexities of culture and its relation to artifact and place
Pleasure dome : new and collected poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known for Neon Vernacular, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1994, and for Dien Cai Dau, a collection of poems chronicling his experiences as a journalist in Vietnam, Yusef Komunyakaa has become one of America's most compelling poets. Pleasure Dome gathers over twenty-five years of work, including early uncollected poems and a rich selection of new poems
Talking dirty to the gods : poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines and evaluates each of the seven deadly sins
Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems about Vietnam by a former army combat correspondent
The jazz poetry anthology( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magic city by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilgamesh : a verse play by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bringing new life to the world's oldest story, Yusef Komunyakaa and Chad Gracia refashion a classic Sumerian legend into a verse play. In this ageless saga, Gilgamesh of Uruk, part god and part man, embarks on an otherworldly quest in search of immortality. This new version elaborates on the key themes of the story and weaves them into an emotional new form."--Jacket
Jacob Lawrence : the Migration series by Leah Dickerman( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the mass movement of black Americans from the rural South to the urban North that began in 1915-16. Within months of its making, the Migration Series was divided between The Museum of Modern Art (even-numbered panels) and the Phillips Memorial Gallery (odd-numbered panels). The work has since become a landmark in the history of African American art, a monument in the collections of both institutions and a crucial example of the way in which history painting was radically reimagined in the modern era. In 2015 and 2016, the panels will be reunited in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art and at The Phillips Collection. This catalogue grounds Lawrence's Migration Series in the cultural and political debates that shaped the young artist's work and highlights its continued resonance for artists and writers today. An essay by Leah Dickerman situates the series within contemporary discussions about black history and an artist's social responsibilities in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Elsa Smithgall traces the acquisition and exhibition history of the Migration Series. Short commentaries on each panel explore Lawrence's career and technique, and the social history of the Migration. The catalogue also debuts ten poems commissioned from acclaimed poets that respond to the Migration Series. Elizabeth Alexander, honored as the poet at President Obama's first inauguration, introduces the section
The emperor of water clocks : poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

2 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The wildly enchanting new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa "If I am not Ulysses, I am / his dear, ruthless half-brother." So announces Yusef Komunyakaa early in his lush new collection, The Emperor of Water Clocks. But Ulysses (or his half brother) is but one of the beguiling guises Komunyakaa dons over the course of this densely lyrical book. Here his speaker observes a doomed court jester; here he is with Napoleon, as the emperor "tells the doctor to cut out his heart / & send it to the empress, Marie-Louise"; here he is at the circus, observing as "The strong man presses six hundred pounds, / his muscles flexed for the woman / whose T-shirt says, these guns are loaded"; and here is just a man, placing "a few red anemones / & a sheaf of wheat" on Mahmoud Darwish's grave, reflecting on why "I'd rather die a poet / than a warrior." Through these mutations and migrations and permutations and peregrinations there are constants: Komunyakaa's jazz-inflected rhythms; his effortlessly surreal images; his celebration of natural beauty and of love. There is also his insistent inquiry into the structures and struggles of power: not only of, say, king against jester but of man against his own desire and of the present against the pernicious influence of the past. Another brilliant collection from the man David Wojahn has called one of our "most significant and individual voices," The Emperor of Water Clocks delights, challenges, and satisfies"--
Taboo by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Taboo Yusef Komunyakaa examines the roles of blacks in Western history, and how these roles are portrayed in art and literature."--Jacket
The best American poetry, 2003 by David Lehman( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poetry from American writers in the current year
Copacetic : [poems] by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Testimony, a tribute to Charlie Parker : with new and selected jazz poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Recording )

14 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collaborative tribute of words and music reflecting the tension and beauty of jazz
I apologize for the eyes in my head by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second set : the jazz poetry anthology, volume 2( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covenant : scenes from an African American church by Tyagan Miller( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culled from more than 4,000 images taken by Miller over a four-year period, the 93 photographs record the salient aspects of life in an African American church-services, baptisms, weddings, funerals, social events, and portraits of the congregants. A stunning collection of photographs celebrating the community and spirit of African American life
Furious flower II : regenerating the black poetic tradition( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This 3-part program provides the definitive teaching tool for exploring the world of today's black poetry. Providing a more focused, ambitious approach than its 1998 predecessor, Furious Flower II presents outstanding critical scholarship on black contemporary poetry's origins and trends, its conflicts and consonances. Throughout, notable authors share insights and offer inspiration to fledgling poets about the creative process, and about daily life as a published writer. Interspersed with these critical conversations are impassioned readings of the most representative poems of each poet. Viewers can watch as one of America's most exciting cultural movements evolves before their eyes and ears. Program I - Roots and First Fruits traces black literary traditions from African American folklore to the Blues Aesthetic to Hip Hop, and illuminates their impact on poetry. Program II - Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora reflects upon the reciprocal influence between black American poets and writers from the African literary Diaspora. Program III - Blooming in the Whirlwind locates black poets within their historic moment and contextualizes them within relevant political movements - Civil Rights, Black Nationalism, post-colonialism and multiculturalism."
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Neon vernacular : new and selected poems
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Юсеф Комуньяка

English (180)

Spanish (3)

German (2)

French (1)

Thieves of paradiseWarhorses : poemsThe chameleon couch : poemsPleasure dome : new and collected poemsTalking dirty to the gods : poemsDien Cai DauThe jazz poetry anthologyMagic city