Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa Poems

1.
Facing It

My black face fades,
hiding inside the black granite.
I said I wouldn't,
dammit: No tears.
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2.
My Father's Love Letters

On Fridays he'd open a can of Jax
After coming home from the mill,
& ask me to write a letter to my mother
Who sent postcards of desert flowers
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3.
Prisoners

Usually at the helipad
I see them stumble-dance
across the hot asphalt
with crokersacks over their heads,
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4.
Jasmine

I sit beside two women, kitty-corner
to the stage, as Elvin's sticks blur
the club into a blue fantasia.
I thought my body had forgotten the Deep
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5.
Potions

The old woman made mint
Candy for the children
Who'd bolt through her front door,
Silhouettes of the great blue
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Yusef Komunyakaa Comments

william flud 02 April 2019

I really enjoyed reading prisoners poem and would like an audience with you, I am a enduring freedom vet of 20 years poetry is what I like to write as well as read. Please contact me if that is possible, thank you Mr. Komunyakaa.

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S. Rice 22 November 2017

Just came across the poem Blessing the Animals. It's wonderful: funny and haunting, too. Thank you, Mr. Komunyakaa.

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Grandpoet Taiwo 28 August 2012

I heard Chris Abani recite ODE TO DRUM, it was just the transformation i needed as a writer.

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Yusef Komunyakaa Biography

Yusef Komunyakaa (born April 29, 1941) is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Komunyakaa received the 2007 ...

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