Kevin Young


Born
in Lincoln, Nebraska, The United States
November 08, 1970

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Langston Hughes, Jean Michel Basquiat


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.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Young is the author of Most Way Home, To Repel Ghosts, Jelly Roll, Black Maria, For The Confederate Dead, Dear Darkness, and editor of Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; Blues Poems; Jazz Poems and John Berryman's Selected Poems.

His Black Cat Blues, originally published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, was included in The Be
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Jelly Roll

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The Art of Losing: Poems of...

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Bunk: The True Story of Hoa...

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Book of Hours: Poems

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The Best American Poetry 2011

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Dear Darkness

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The Hungry Ear: Poems of Fo...

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The Grey Album: Music, Shad...

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Black Maria: Poems Produced...

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For the Confederate Dead

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“At night I count
not the stars
but the dark.”
Kevin Young, Book of Hours: Poems

“I now know pain
is part of any journey-
that this is the opposite
of grief, but grief
the only way I know
to describe waiting
and waiting without
knowing, hoping one day
joy will arrive.”
Kevin Young, Book of Hours: Poems

“Like hot food
I love you
like warm
bread & cold
cuts, butter
sammiches
or, days later, after
Thanksgiving
when I want
whatever's left”
Kevin Young



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