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Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa
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Feb 15, 11

bookshelves: 2011, anthology, poetry
Read from February 01 to 15, 2011

Komunyakaa does what is hardest to do as a poet, capturing live music and war on the page. I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to hear him read not long after I started the book, which certainly colored how I read it. The things I appreciate most about Komunyakaa's work are his ability to seamlessly utilize a variety of registers, vernaculars, and dictions; his eye for people and personalities; and his ability to evoke a depth of emotion with great economy.
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