Yusef Komunyakaa

(April 29, 1947)

Yusef Komunyakaa Poems

1. Slam, Dunk, & Hook 6/24/2015
2. Urban Renewal 8/28/2015
3. A Break from the Bush 9/2/2015
4. Blue Dementia 6/4/2015
5. Kindness 9/21/2015
6. Togetherness 2/7/2015
7. The Whistle 1/20/2003
8. Believing In Iron 1/20/2003
9. Potions 1/13/2003
10. Jasmine 1/20/2003
11. Prisoners 1/13/2003
12. My Father's Love Letters 1/13/2003
13. Facing It 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Yusef Komunyakaa

Facing It

My black face fades,
hiding inside the black granite.
I said I wouldn't,
dammit: No tears.
I'm stone. I'm flesh.
My clouded reflection eyes me
like a bird of prey, the profile of night
slanted against morning. I turn
this way--the stone lets me go.
I turn that way--I'm inside
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
again, depending on the light
to make a difference.
I go down the 58,022 names,
half-expecting to find
my own in letters like smoke.
I touch the name Andrew Johnson;
I see the booby trap's white flash.
Names shimmer on a woman's ...

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