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Muscular Music [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Terrance Hayes
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Mai 1999
The poems in Terrance Hayes's book, Muscular Music, are atypical of most writers' first books of poetry. One cannot categorize these poems simply as confessional, narrative, or lyrical. They are all these things at once. They move beyond usual explorations of childhood or family to blend themes and influences that range from Neruda to Coltrane, Fat Albert to Orpheus, John Shaft to Gershwin. This book gives us an almost Whitmanesque account of an America, and an African American, replete with grace and imperfection. Moreover, it gives us a voice that does not sacrifice truth for music or music for accessibility. At the end of a poem that includes Bill Strayhorn, Andrew Carnegie, and Dante, Hayes says, "I know one of the rings of hell is reserved for men who refuse to weep. So I let it come. And it does not move from me." These lines reflect what is always at the core of Hayes's poetry: a faithfulness, not to traditional forms or themes, but to heart and honesty. It is a core bounded by and cradled by a passion for the music in all things.


  • Taschenbuch: 80 Seiten
  • Verlag: Northwestern University Press (Mai 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 188268821X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882688210
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,6 x 15 x 0,6 cm
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every Poem will mesmerize you... 30. Mai 2000
I first became familiar with Mr. Hayes' work, when i saw his poem "Blackbird" in a 1995 double issue of ObsidianII: Black Literature In Review. It appeared opposite a poem I publshed in the journal. Every poem in Muscular Music, is a snapshot about African American life, and sings a song of america: "Late," "Goliath," "Something For Marvin," "Blackbird," "The Yummy Suite," " What I am..." The Black experience is all in here... I was laughing my ass off at " I want to be fat" and I'm a big guy.Expect Terrence Hayes to be a major poet in the literary canon.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Muscular Music is Powerful Poetry 24. Januar 2000
Terrance Hayes has written a book where the poems have bite. These poems are hard-hitting, honest, sincere and yet suffused with "tenderness." "Yummy Suite" is one of the most powerful sequence of poems I have read anywhere that confront what is going on in our urban neighbourhoods today. I also loved "Late," "Goliath" and too many more to name. Here is a writer well worth getting to know. If I may riff on the Reuben Jackson quote that serves as an epilogue, Terrance Hayes' Muscular Music is a book that also "reveals itself" one splendid "black note at a time." Buy this book -- read it aloud and share it with a friend!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK 13. August 1999
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For the past two years, an autographed copy of one Hayes' self-published chapbooks has been the treasure of my bookshelf. His first book now shares that spot. Whenever I grow bored of the posturing and sameness that ails the current poetry scene, the poems of Hayes -- like those of Martin Espada -- remind me just how rare and wonderful poetry can be. Some have said Terrance will be a major African-American writer in short time. They're wrong. He will a MAJOR American writer. You should not miss this book. As good as the poems are on the page, they're even better coming from his mouth. Do yourself a favor, if he reads within a 90-minutes of your home, take that ride. It's certainly worth it.
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