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Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems (Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1)

Komunyakaa, Yusef

ISBN 10: 0374291489 / ISBN 13: 9780374291488
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
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Title: Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems...

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without a dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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The Paint-Box artists
color in Adam & Eve,
using every hue & cry

of temptation. Because God
blends into the darkness
the faces keep coming off.
--from "Chiaroscuro"

With the allusive leaps and improvisational chops of a jazz soloist, Yusef Komunyakaa is our great poet of connectivity--the secret blood that links slave and master, explorer and native, stranger and brother. In Taboo he examines the role of blacks in Western history, and how these roles are portrayed in art and literature. In taut, meticulously crafted three-line stanzas, Rubens paints his wife looking longingly at a black servant; Aphra Behn writes Oroonoko "as if she'd rehearsed it/for years in her spleen"; and in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson is "still at his neo-classical desk/musing, but we know his mind/is brushing aside abstractions/so his hands can touch flesh." Taboo is the powerful first book in a new trilogy by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work never ceases to challenge and delight his readers.

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Yusef Komunyakaa's eleven books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods (FSG, 2000) and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Princeton University.

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