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The third collection of poetry from the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award

Terrance Hayes is an elegant and adventurous writer with disarming humor, grace, tenderness, and brilliant turns of phrase. He is very much interested in what it means to be an artist and a black man. In his first collection, Muscular Music, he took the reader through a living library of cultural icons, from Shaft and Fat Albert to John Coltrane and Miles Davis. His second ...

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Overview

The third collection of poetry from the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award

Terrance Hayes is an elegant and adventurous writer with disarming humor, grace, tenderness, and brilliant turns of phrase. He is very much interested in what it means to be an artist and a black man. In his first collection, Muscular Music, he took the reader through a living library of cultural icons, from Shaft and Fat Albert to John Coltrane and Miles Davis. His second collection, Hip Logic, continued these explorations of popular culture, fatherhood, cultural heritage, and loss. Wind in a Box, Hayes’s resonant new collection, continues his interest in how traditions (of poetry and culture alike) can be simultaneously upended and embraced. The struggle for freedom (the wind) within containment (the box) is the unifying motif as Hayes explores how identity is shaped by race, heritage, and spirituality. This new book displays not only what the Los Angeles Times calls the range of a "bold virtuoso," but also the imaginative fervor of a poet in love with poetry.

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Publishers Weekly
In this searching follow-up to the acclaimed Hip Logic, Hayes bluntly concludes that "everyone/ is a descendant of slaves" and, more tentatively, wonders "if outrunning your captors is not the real meaning of Race?" A series of "Blue" poems ("The Blue Bowie," "The Blue Terrance") considers 20th-century representations of race, culling wisdom and impressions from poet-activist Amiri Baraka, filmmaker and performer Melvin Van Peebles and even Dr. Seuss: "Blacks in one box. Blacks in two box/ Blacks on/ Blacks stacked in boxes stacked on boxes." Utilizing a range of forms and voices-Dante's terza rima, jerky blues in the spirit of Langston Hughes, Frostian lyrics, contemporary prose poems-Hayes brilliantly delivers the aeolian flux promised by the title: "a signature of wind,/ my type-written handwriting reconfiguring the past." (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Hayes's third collection (after the Kate Tufts Discovery winner Muscular Music and the National Poetry series winner Hip Logic) has the punch and drive of good jazz. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143036869
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 212,559
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.35 (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

Wind in a box 1
Woofer (when I consider the African-American) 3
Talk 5
Black history 7
Root 9
I MJ fan letter 12
II A few rumors concerning Mr. Potato Head 14
III Omnipop, 1982 15
IV RSVP 16
The blue Baraka 19
The blue Borges 21
The blue Bowie 23
The blue Etheridge 25
Harryette Mullen lecture on the American dream 27
Oracle 28
Mausoleum 29
It's a small world 30
Upright blues 32
I New Orleans piano genius 32
II Gonzo's blue dream 33
III Papa was a rascal 34
IV Booker's tomb 36
The blue Kool 39
The blue Melvin 41
The blue Seuss 43
The blue Strom 45
Pine 48
A girl in the woods 50
Threshold 52
The whale 54
Variation on a black cinema treasure : broken earth 57
Variation on a black cinema treasure : boogie woogie blues 58
Tour Daufuskie 59
A postcard from Okemah 61
The blue Terrance 65
The blue Terrance 67
The blue Terrance 69
A small novel 71
Wind in a box 74
Wind in a box 76
Wind in a box 78
Wind in a box 80
Imaginary poems for the old-fashioned future 83
Everybody goes to heaven 85
It can't be good sitting around imagining your death 86
The Heritage Channel 88
Wind in a box 93
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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    Excellent read!!

    This is a masterful compilation of emotional poems. I would recommend this to the seasoned reader!

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