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Komunyakaa, Yusef

Overview
Works: 138 works in 335 publications in 4 languages and 21,373 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Interviews  War poetry  Love poetry  Jazz poetry  Drama  Historical drama  Exhibition catalogs  Portraits  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Librettist, Interviewee, Other, Performer, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3561.O455, 811.54
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Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa( )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 2,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems about Vietnam by a former army combat correspondent
Neon vernacular : new and selected poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An award-winning poet's testimony of the war in Vietnam
Pleasure dome : new and collected poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 1,925 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
Testimony, a tribute to Charlie Parker : with new and selected jazz poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( )

14 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry and commentary, featuring Komunyakaa's long paean to Charlie Parker and a two-CD set of the jazz opera that uses this poem as a libretto
Thieves of paradise by Yusef Komunyakaa( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,835 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
Magic city by Yusef Komunyakaa( )

9 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems chronicle the author's coming of age in the rural South of the late 1950s and early 1960s
Warhorses : poems by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 760 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 )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems by Yusef Komunyakaa that explores the complexities of culture and its relation to artifact and place--Résumé de l'éditeur
Gilgamesh : a verse play by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 665 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
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
The jazz poetry anthology( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacob Lawrence : the Migration series by Leah Dickerman( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 490 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 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The new collection from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, featuring his signature jazz-like phrasing and insistent inquiry into the structures and struggles of power"--
Taboo by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 438 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
Copacetic : [poems] by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I apologize for the eyes in my head by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American poetry, 2003 by Yusef Komunyakaa( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poetry from American writers in the current year
The second set : the jazz poetry anthology, volume 2( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 315 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 212 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
Inheriting the war : poetry and prose by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees by Laren (EDT)/ Komunyakaa, Yusef (FRW) Mcclung( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fifty years after the Vietnam War, this anthology by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees--American, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Diaspora, Hmong, Australian, and others--confronts war and its aftermath. What emerges is an affecting portrait of the effects of war and family--an intercultural, generational dialogue on silence, memory, landscape, imagination, Agent Orange, displacement, postwar trauma, and the severe realities that are carried home. Including such acclaimed voices as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Karen Russell, Terrance Hayes, Suzan-Lori Parks, Nick Flynn, and Ocean Vuong, Inheriting the War enriches the discourse of the Vietnam War and provides a collective conversation that attempts to transcend the recursion of history."--
 
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Neon vernacular : new and selected poems
Alternative Names
Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa 1947-....

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Комунякаа, Юсеф американский поэт

Юсеф Комуньяка

Languages
English (189)

German (2)

Spanish (2)

French (1)

Covers
Neon vernacular : new and selected poemsPleasure dome : new and collected poemsThieves of paradiseMagic cityWarhorses : poemsThe chameleon couch : poemsGilgamesh : a verse playTalking dirty to the gods : poems