Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems

Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa

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Overview

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 the poems in these two distinguished books and five others -- over two and a half decades of Komunyakaa's work. In addition, Pleasure Dome includes 25 early, uncollected poems and a rich selection of 18 new poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819564252
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 03/07/2001
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA is a professor in the creative writing department at New York University. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and many other awards for poetic achievement, including the 2001 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the 2004 Shelley Memorial Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Read an Excerpt

You try to beat loneliness
out of a drum,
but cries only spring
from your mouth.
Synapse & memory--
the day quivers like dancers
with bells on their feet,
weaving a path of songs
to bring you back,
to heal our future
with the old voices
we breathe.
from "Tenebrae"

Table of Contents

New Poems
Early Uncollected
Dedications and Other Darkhorses
Lost in the Bonewheel Factory
Copacetic
Toys in a Field
I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head
Dien Cai Dau
February in Sydney
Magic City
Neon Vernacular
Thieves of Paradise
Index of titles and first lines

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"The poems of Yusef Komunyakaa, all bearing his unique stamp of heartbreaking integrity, tower over the landscape of American poetry."—Molly Peacock

Molly Peacock

"The poems of Yusef Komunyakaa, all bearing his unique stamp of heartbreaking integrity, tower over the landscape of American poetry."

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