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Muscular Music

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  168 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The poems in Terrance Hayes's book, Muscular Music, are atypical of most writers' first books of poetry. One cannot categorize these poems simply as confessional, narrative, or lyrical. They are all these things at once. They move beyond usual explorations of childhood or family to blend themes and influences that range from Neruda to Coltrane, Fat Albert to Orpheus, John ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press (first published May 30th 1999)
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Mar 16, 2016 Craig rated it liked it
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An incredibly interesting melange of sights, sounds, memories & pop culture iconography. I don't quite understand the arrangement and the overall collectedness of this volume. Good, but often not cohesive.
منى كريم
Apr 10, 2015 منى كريم rated it really liked it
"what happens when a dream explodes?
does it hush?"
Jun 14, 2015 Camara rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of poetry of all time.
Danielle DeTiberus
Apr 27, 2016 Danielle DeTiberus rated it liked it
These poems are full of life— they call to be spoken out-loud from the page. Hayes writes as if singing, as if his words were caught mid-conversation. Some of these poems are an excellent study in how to use rhythm, syntax, and cadence to make the reader want to bring your words to life with her own mouth. “At Pegasus,” Tenderness,” and “When The Neighbors Fight” are especially honest and unexpected poems.
Jan 29, 2011 Lindsey rated it liked it
A great collection with many poems that are moving, funny, and provocative in meaningful ways. "Yummy Suite," "Late; for My Mother," "Derrick Poem (the Lost World)" and "Goliath Poem" were some of my favorites.
Heather Moore
Feb 07, 2008 Heather Moore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Hayes' poems moved me into complete love for him a a poet. He has a talent beyond the average mind, and a sensitivity to human nature that makes be desirous to speak with such a mind.
Nov 19, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Whip-quick and deeply musical. At turns flashy and sincere.
May 23, 2008 Randy rated it really liked it
See review of Wind in a Box.
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Oct 21, 2008 Amy Kitchell-Leighty rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
fresh voice...fresh poems
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Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry, including Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

He is an Associate Professor of creative writing at Carn
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