Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143116967, 95pp.
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
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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 presenta-tion 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 the Author
David Lehman, the series editor of "The Best American Poetry", is also the editor of "The Oxford Book of American Poetry. "His books of poetry include "New and Selected Poems", "When a Woman Loves a Man, " and "The Daily Mirror". He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School and lives in New York City and in Ithaca, New York.