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For the Confederate Dead

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The award-winning “lively and excellent collection” (Los Angeles Times) about the South and its legacy, about African-American griefs and passages, from the author of Jelly Roll and Black Maria, a poet who has “set himself apart from his peers with his supple, variable, blues-inflected lines” (Publishers Weekly).
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Knopf (first published 2007)
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As with all poetry books, (save Billy Collins ) this was hit-or-miss.

I loved Young's similie. That was a high-point for me. I thought Nicodemus was stellar as was The Ballad of Jim Crow. I think my favorite line though comes from West Hell, "How humid the heart, its messy rooms! We eat spicy food, sweat like wood and smolder like the coal mine that caught fire decades ago, yet still smokes more than my great-uncle who will not quit- or go out-"
I Read this after Book Of Hours. Hard to hold anything to Book of Hours.
Such beautiful writing, each poem like a ripened springtime bulb or a dark, swollen fruit. The poems from the latter half of the book are among some of its best. After reading this, now when I write poetry of my own I feel that I can't go without some internal rhyme. It's contagious.
Kevin Young always impresses me with how smart his poetry is. This collection features some really nice historical topics, presented with beautiful poems. The next to last section about his fallen friend is the best.
First book of poetry that I've bought for pleasure reading in a loooong time. The section "Americana" is my favorite, esp. the title poem and another called, "Signs."
All kinds of folklore, history, elegy, precision, elision, satire, music and song wrapped up tight and sprawling in this beautiful collection.
One of the best books of poetry I've read in quite some time. My new favorite poet. See my review here:
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Kevin Young is an American poet heavily influenced by the poet Langston Hughes and the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Young graduated from Harvard College in 1992, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (1992-1994), and received his MFA from Brown University. While in Boston and Providence, he was part of the African-American poetry group, The Dark Room Collective.

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