Hip Logic

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Terrance Hayes is a dazzlingly original poet, interested in adventurous explorations of subject and form. His new work, Hip Logic, is full of poetic tributes to the likes of Paul Robeson, Big Bird, Balthus, and Mr. T, as well as poems based on the anagram principle of words within a word. Throughout, Hayes's verse dances in a kind of homemade music box, with notes that range from tender to erudite, associative to narrative, humorous to political. Hip Logic does much to capture the nuances of contemporary male ...

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Overview

Terrance Hayes is a dazzlingly original poet, interested in adventurous explorations of subject and form. His new work, Hip Logic, is full of poetic tributes to the likes of Paul Robeson, Big Bird, Balthus, and Mr. T, as well as poems based on the anagram principle of words within a word. Throughout, Hayes's verse dances in a kind of homemade music box, with notes that range from tender to erudite, associative to narrative, humorous to political. Hip Logic does much to capture the nuances of contemporary male African American identity and confirms Hayes's reputation as one of the most compelling new voices in American poetry.

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Publishers Weekly
"Forgive this letter covered in paint. There are no rags around me. I can't tell you where I am, but where I ain't." Selected by Cornelius Eady for the National Poetry Series, Terrance Hayes's Hip Logic is divided into five sections of fast-paced monologues and mania, leavened by "Autumn" ("its scent of cooling grease like the scent you inhaled once along the rim of a girl's collar") and portraits of greater and lesser heroes, from Homer and Audre Lorde to Shaft and Mr. T: "How to hulk through Chicago in a hedgerow afro, an ox-grunt kicking dust behind the teeth; those eighteen glammering gold chains around the throat of pity, that fat hollow medallionlike the sun on a leash " (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142001394
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: National Poetry Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 598,187
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Terrance Hayes received an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the recipient of a 1999 Whiting Writers Award, and his first collection of poetry, Muscular Music, was the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2000. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Hip Logic Lorde

I. At the First Clear Word
Emcee
Touch
The Things-No-One-Knows Blues
ARS Poetica #789
Hip Logic
Sonnet
Mr. T-
Shaft and the Enchanted Shoe Factory or ARS Poetica: The Epic Quest for Language
Squawk
Butter
Origin of the Days
Gospel of the Two Sisters

II. A Gram of &s
Abductor
Although
Ambulance
Apothecary
Beckoned
Bowling
Breathe
Careless
Corporal
Example

III. Conjure
Friday Poem
For Paul Robeson
Diego Rivera - Dama de Blanco, 1939
For Robert Hayden
Broken Dangerfield Newby Villanelle
William H. Johnson
Ode to Balthus
The Gulf Stream/Four Studies
Sleeping Woman
Still Music

IV. A Gram of &s
Gander
General
Masculine
Nuclear
Overseas
Preface
Repaid
Saintly
Segregate
Stupor
Toenails

V. The Law of Falling and Catching Up
Fire
Gun/Woman/Son
Heartthrob
Mother and Son
Blues Procession
Florida
The Flame
Ode to Stone
Alter Call
Autumn
The Same City

Notes
Acknowledgments

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