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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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Danielle
These poems are full of life— they callto 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.
Lindsey
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
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.
Kristin
Whip-quick and deeply musical. At turns flashy and sincere.
Randy
See review of Wind in a Box.
Ditto.
Amy Kitchell-Leighty
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...more
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