With this National Poetry Series debut, Kevin Young explores home in its various forms, touching on themes of death, memory, freedom, and loss.
"In Young's alchemy, succulent scraps are gathered from daily life, distilled, and emerge, finally, as portable nuggets of home, carried wherever the poet may travel." The Voice Literary Supplement
"Young's descriptions of poverty and suffering are vivid and moving, and the poems grow stronger as they move beyond a conventional mix of nostalgia and rage to a more thoughtful and transcendent vision." Library Journal
"A rock-solid book, something you could grab hold of." John Yau
"This poet's gift of storytelling and understanding of the music inherent in the oral tradition of language re-creates for us an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American." Lucille Clifton
Meet the Author
Kevin Young, author of this National Poetry Series winner, also published Giant Steps: African American Voices at the Crossroads of the Century. He teaches at the University of Georgia.
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Young's lines enchant and captivate, drawing the reader deep into his world. Like Komumyakaa, Young is a magician of language, and like the late Richard Hugo, he exhibits a strong imagism of pastoral loneliness.