Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
(Poets, Penguin)

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Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry

In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta­tion format. This innovative collection presents the light- headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights, and ignites, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched.


About Terrance Hayes

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Terrance Hayes was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Muscular Music was the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Hip Logic was a winner of the National Poetry Series. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, Hayes teaches creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.
Published March 30, 2010 by Penguin Books. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The deservedly acclaimed Hayes returns in his fourth book with the kinds of sly, twisting, hip, jazzy poems his fans have come to expect, but also with a new somberness of tone and mature caution.

Mar 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Lighthead (Poets, Penguin)

Dallas News

By JOHN FREEMAN / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News John Freeman is the editor of Granta and author of The Tyranny of E-mail.

Nov 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Lighthead (Poets, Penguin)

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