Pleasure Dome

Pleasure Dome

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Best known for Neon Vernacular, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1994, and for Dien Cai Dau, a collection of poems chronicling his experiences as a journalist in Vietnam, Yusef Komunyakaa has become one of America's most compelling poets. Pleasure Dome gathers the poems in these two distinguished books and five others-over two and a half decades of Komunyakaa's work. In addition, Pleasure Dome includes 25 early, uncollected poems and a rich selection of 18 new poems.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • Hanover, United States
  • English
  • 0819567396
  • 9780819567390
  • 958,634

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"Komunyakaa's poems sway with jazz-inflected rhythms. Short lines and percussive internal rhymes combine with sinuously stepped enjambment to give the poems a strongly musical movement." --Ian Tromp, Times Literary Supplement "Komunyakaa certainly deserves this valedictory volume . . . [The new work] is really almost a short collection's worth of material. It's reminiscent of 1998's Thieves of Paradise with its heady mix of gothic foreboding, racial history and realpolitick, biblical and Attic allusion, and sexual longing . . . Most readers will want this book for its alternatingly erudite and feral energy and its truth-telling about Vietnam (see Dien Cai Dau and others) and America."--Publishers Weekly

"Pleasure Dome is substantial, a comprehensive look at a significant poet's impressive career. Regular readers of Komunyakaa will find much of interest here--the book begins with a healthy selection of new poems, followed by a book-length group of the poet's early, uncollected work. ...a book impressive in its scope and volume, the life's work, thus far, of one of America's finer poets."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Komunyakaa's second book in less than a year attests to the protean nature of his poetic imagination and skills, his fluent creative energy, and his passion for living the examined life . . . Komunyakaa is emerging as one of the major American poets of our time."--Booklist
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About Yusef Komunyakaa

Yuself Komunyakaa is Professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing at Princeton University and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He has won many awards for poetic achievement, including the 2001 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Hanes Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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