The first of 132 four-quatrain poems is entitled "Hearsay" and the last is called "Heresy"-the book is framed by innuendo and the kind of lively satire that extends to folklore in the blues tradition. When Komunyakaa looks to nature, he configures his own paradigm, in which something as commonplace as the jewel wasp laying an egg in a cockroach is as grand as Zeus's infidelity.
Author of eleven previous books, Komunyakaa has met his highest challenge to craft the lyric poems in Talking Dirty to the Gods. The compression of his sixteen-line form dictates an athletic use of language and generates truths past a poem's dimension.
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He tells a centaur how ""Unholy/ Need & desire divide the season,/ As you eat sugar from a nymph's palm,/ Before she mounts & rides you into a man."" The Venus of Willendorf displays ""two fat gladiolus bulbs,"" ""a hunk of limestone/ Shaped into a blues singer."" Bedazzled by clashing consonants...| Read Full Review of Talking Dirty to the Gods