Black Sea

Black Sea

by David Yezzi


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David Yezzi’s fourth book of poems considers what it’s like, during times of roiling change, to feel like a stranger on one’s own street and in one’s own country. This uprooting is partly geographic, partly psychic: what was familiar has become as foreign as the fabled Black Sea (the site of the Roman poet Ovid’s exile). The emotional pressure of this dislocation pushes his poems into lyric fragments and mordant humor. Home, once a comfort, now hides a threat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887486357
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

DAVID YEZZI previously published a book of poems, Birds of the Air, with Carnegie Mellon. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is chair of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and editor of The Hopkins Review.

Table of Contents

1 Night Blind 13

Living Room 14

Café Future 15

The Chain 16

New Town 18

Weeds 19

Dying the Day Prince Died 21

The Consolations 22

Meditation 24

Tragedy 25

Plague 26

Stalker 27

2 Black Sea

I Tomis 31

II White Jasmine 33

III False Holly 34

IV Patapsco 35

V The Long Coat 36

VI Truepenny 37

VII The Drain 38

VIII Capgras 39

IX Low Ceiling 41

X Aubade 42

3 On the Death of a Houseplant 45

Hooked 46

Crush 47

The Double Deuce 48

Mouse Drawer 50

Thud 51

Tumor Tree 52

Old Friends 53

Sourdough 54

The Hug 55

4 Raking 59

The Able Man 60

Paper Whites 61

Let 62

Low Pressure 64

Up High, No Higher 65

Keats in Louisville 67

Pan Am 68

Last Job 69

The Faculty Abroad 70

Humblebrag 71

The Rock Balancer 72

What People are Saying About This

Rosanna Warren

“David Yezzi has a good ear for crass vernacular, and a good eye for danger lurking in the commonplace. At its best, his snappy metrical verse castigates pretension. But he’s also an artist of tart melancholia and tenderness. His ‘Keats in Louisville’ achieves real dignity in its understatement.”

Christian Wiman

“I have loved David Yezzi’s work for years, both the dramatic subtlety of his narrative poems and the cold fire of his lyrics. Black Sea builds on, and refines, both impulses. Everywhere it evinces the kind of energy that can happen when an ancient art is enlivened by a thoroughly modern mind.”

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