Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems (Hardcover)

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Best known for Neon Vernacular, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1994, and for Dien Cai Dau, a collection of poems chronicling his experiences as a journalist in Vietnam, Yusef Komunyakaa has become one of America's most compelling poets. Pleasure Dome gathers over twenty-five years of work, including early uncollected poems and a rich selection of new poems.

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Publisher Univ Pr of New England
Mfg Part# 9780819564252
SKU 30716764
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0819564257
Release Date 2/1/2001
Table Of Contents <FONT SIZE="+2">Contents </FONT> <P> <PRE> New Poems Providence.......................................................3 Water............................................................5 Jasmine..........................................................5 The Whispering Gallery...........................................6 Tuesday Night at the Savoy Ballroom..............................7 Doppelg&#228;ngers....................................................8 Somewhere........................................................9 Never Land......................................................11 Pepper..........................................................12 South Carolina Morning..........................................13 Rendezvous......................................................14 Once the Dream Begins...........................................17 Ogoni...........................................................18 Keeper of the Vigil.............................................21 Nightbird.......................................................22 Tenebrae........................................................23 Double Limbo....................................................25 NJ Transit......................................................26 Early Uncollected Mississippi John Hurt...........................................31 Langston Hughes.................................................31 Blue Tonality...................................................32 De S&#237;ntoma Profundo.............................................32 Lover...........................................................33 Reminiscence....................................................33 Waiting for a Tree Through a Window.............................34 The Lamp Carrier................................................34 The Life & Times of Billy Boy...................................35 A House of Snow.................................................36 Recital of Water Over Stones....................................36 The Dog's Theology..............................................37 They Say in Yellow Jacket.......................................37 When Men Can't Trust Hands with Wood............................38 Birthday Song...................................................38 Legacy..........................................................39 Eye Witness.....................................................39 Unnatural Deaths................................................40 A Different Story...............................................40 One-Breath Song.................................................41 Frontal Lobe Postscript.........................................41 Sagittarius Approaching Thirty-Five.............................42 Cubism..........................................................42 Insinuations....................................................43 Loneliness......................................................43 Dedications & Other Darkhorses Returning the Borrowed Road.....................................47 Chair Gallows...................................................47 Allegorical Seduction...........................................48 Under House Arrest..............................................49 Translating Footsteps...........................................49 Urban Renewal...................................................50 Magpies.........................................................51 The Tongue Is...................................................52 Ten Speeds......................................................52 (E)Motion.......................................................53 Observatory.....................................................54 Lost in the Bonewheel Factory Looking a Mad Dog Dead in the Eyes..............................57 Floor Plans.....................................................57 Tour Guide......................................................58 Sitting in a Rocking Chair, Going Blind.........................59 Pushing in All the Buttons......................................60 Confessing My Ignorance.........................................60 1938............................................................61 S & M...........................................................62 Stepfather: A Girl's Song.......................................62 Stepmother: A Boy's Song........................................63 No Love in This House...........................................64 High on Sadness.................................................64 Sunbather.......................................................65 Apprenticeship..................................................66 Light on the Subject............................................66 Punchdrunk......................................................67 Vigilante.......................................................68 Nothing to Do with Janice Drake.................................68 Reconstructing a Crime..........................................69 Two.............................................................70 Beg Song........................................................71 Death Threat Note...............................................72 Child Stealer...................................................72 A Poet Whose Photo Never Grows Old..............................73 Poetics.........................................................74 Imagination.....................................................75 Ghost Chant, et alii............................................76 Passions........................................................77 The Dog Act.....................................................79 For You, Sweetheart, I'll Sell Plutonium Reactors...............80 Feet Nailed to the Floor........................................81 The Nazi Doll...................................................82 Breaking Camp...................................................82 Corrigenda......................................................83 Copacetic False Leads.....................................................87 Soliloquy: Man Talking to a Mirror..............................87 The Way the Cards Fall..........................................89 Reflections.....................................................90 Annabelle.......................................................90 Faith Healer....................................................91 More Girl Than Boy..............................................92 April Fools' Day................................................93 Untitled Blues..................................................94 Jumping Bad Blues...............................................95 Initials on Aspens..............................................96 Family Tree.....................................................96 Instructions for Building Straw Huts............................99 An Exchange Student Awaits the Arrival of an African Princess........................................................99 Back Then......................................................100 Blasphemy......................................................101 Lost Wax.......................................................102 Safe Subjects..................................................104 Black String of Days...........................................105 Eleemosynary...................................................106 Speaking of Luck...............................................107 Villon/Leadbelly...............................................108 Borinken Blues.................................................109 Let's Say......................................................109 Elegy for Thelonious...........................................110 Copacetic Mingus...............................................111 Letter to Bob Kaufman..........................................112 Woman, I Got the Blues.........................................113 Street Cool Clara..............................................114 Newport Beach, 1979............................................115 Gloria's Clues.................................................115 Charmed........................................................116 Captain Diable's Receptionist..................................117 The Cage Walker................................................118 Addendum.......................................................119 Epilogue to the Opera of Dead on Arrival.......................119 By Proxy.......................................................120 1931...........................................................121 The Leper's Bell...............................................122 Blues Chant Hoodoo Rival.......................................122 Toys in a Field Nothing Big....................................................129 Ambush.........................................................129 Water Buffalo..................................................130 Monsoon Season.................................................131 Le Xuan, Beautiful Spring......................................132 Toys in a Field................................................133 Please.........................................................134 Returning (1975)...............................................135 I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head Unnatural State of the Unicorn.................................139 Lightshow......................................................139 Sorrow.........................................................140 Touch-up Man...................................................141 How I See Things...............................................142 Insufficient Blue..............................................143 The Thorn Merchant.............................................144 The Thorn Merchant's Right-Hand Man............................145 After the Heart's Interrogation................................146 Happy-Go-Lucky's Wolf Skull Dream Mask.........................146 The Heart's Graveyard Shift....................................147 Hard Up........................................................149 Boy Wearing a Dead Man's Clothes...............................149 Gift Horse.....................................................151 The Music That Hurts...........................................152 When in Rome&#151;Apologia..........................................153 The Thorn Merchant's Wife......................................154 The Thorn Merchant's Mistress..................................155 Somewhere Else.................................................156 After Summer Fell Apart........................................157 Uncertainty in Blue............................................158 The Brain to the Heart.........................................160 Audacity of the Lower Gods.....................................161 The Falling-Down Song..........................................161 Syzygy.........................................................162 The Thorn Merchant's Son.......................................163 I Apologize....................................................163 1984...........................................................164 Dreambook Bestiary.............................................168 Two Cranial Murals.............................................171 Jonestown: More Eyes for Jadwiga's Dream.......................172 Landscape for the Disappeared..................................172 Articulation & Class...........................................174 In the Labor Camp of Good Intentions...........................174 Good Joe.......................................................174 Making Out with the Dream-Shredding Machine....................176 In the Background of Silence...................................176 Cinderella at Big Sur..........................................177 Born Pretty in a Poor Country..................................178 Olympia........................................................179 "Everybody's Reading Li Po" Silkscreened on a Purple T-Shirt........................................................179 For the Walking Dead...........................................181 Too Pretty for Serious Business................................182 Child's Play...................................................182 Raw Data for an Unfinished Questionnaire.......................183 The Beast & Burden: Seven Improvisations.......................184 Dien Cai Dau Camouflaging the Chimera.......................................191 Tunnels........................................................192 Somewhere Near Phu Bai.........................................193 Starlight Scope Myopia.........................................194 Red Pagoda.....................................................195 A Greenness Taller Than Gods...................................196 The Dead at Quang Tri..........................................197 Hanoi Hannah...................................................198 Roll Call......................................................199 Fragging.......................................................199 "You and I Are Disappearing"...................................200 2527th Birthday of the Buddha..................................201 Re-creating the Scene..........................................202 Night Muse & Mortar Round......................................204 One More Loss to Count.........................................204 Sappers........................................................206 Nude Pictures..................................................206 We Never Know..................................................207 A Break from the Bush..........................................208 Seeing in the Dark.............................................209 Tu Do Street...................................................209 Communiqu&#233;.....................................................211 The Edge.......................................................212 Donut Dollies..................................................213 Prisoners......................................................214 Jungle Surrender...............................................216 Eyeball Television.............................................217 The One-legged Stool...........................................218 Short-timer's Calendar.........................................220 Thanks.........................................................221 To Have Danced with Death......................................222 Report from the Skull's Diorama................................223 Combat Pay for Jody............................................225 Sunset Threnody................................................226 After the Fall.................................................227 Saigon Bar Girls, 1975.........................................228 Boat People....................................................229 Bui Doi, Dust of Life..........................................230 Missing in Action..............................................231 Losses.........................................................232 Between Days...................................................233 Facing It......................................................234 February in Sydney Under the Harbour Bridge.......................................239 The Man Who Carries the Desert Around Inside Himself: For Wally..........................................................240 Rocks Push.....................................................241 The Plea.......................................................242 When Loneliness Is a Man.......................................244 A Quality of Light.............................................245 Gerry's Jazz...................................................246 Boxing Day.....................................................247 Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage.......................249 A Delicate Conspiracy..........................................250 The Cops Call Him Charlie......................................251 Frank's Poem...................................................251 Blue Light Lounge Sutra for the Performance Poets at Harold Park Hotel..............................................252 February in Sydney.............................................254 Magic City Venus's-flytraps...............................................257 The Whistle....................................................258 Playthings.....................................................261 Yellow Dog Caf&#233;................................................265 Happiness......................................................266 Seasons Between Yes & No.......................................267 Glory..........................................................268 April's Anarchy................................................269 The Millpond...................................................270 Immolatus......................................................272 Banking Potatoes...............................................274 The Smokehouse.................................................274 The Steel Plate................................................275 Sunday Afternoons..............................................277 Looking for Choctaw............................................278 Fleshing-out the Season........................................279 Blackberries...................................................280 Yellowjackets..................................................281 Gristmill......................................................282 History Lessons................................................282 Temples of Smoke...............................................284 Boys in Dresses................................................285 Nude Tango.....................................................286 Touch..........................................................287 Sugar..........................................................288 Albino.........................................................289 Halloween, the Late Fifties....................................290 Mismatched Shoes...............................................292 My Father's Love Letters.......................................293 The Cooling Board..............................................294 Omen...........................................................295 Believing in Iron..............................................296 Salom&#233;.........................................................297 Between Angels & Monsters......................................298 Poetics of Paperwood...........................................299 Slam, Dunk, & Hook.............................................300 Sex, Magnolias, & Speed........................................301 Knights of the White Camellia & Deacons of Defense.............302 Nocturne.......................................................304 Butterfly-toed Shoes...........................................304 Neon Vernacular Fog Galleon....................................................309 At the Screen Door.............................................309 Moonshine......................................................311 Salt...........................................................312 Changes; or, Reveries at a Window Overlooking a Country Road, with Two Women Talking Blues in the Kitchen..............313 Work...........................................................316 Praising Dark Places...........................................317 A Good Memory..................................................318 Birds on a Powerline...........................................328 Fever..........................................................329 Little Man Around the House....................................332 Songs for My Father............................................333 Thieves of Paradise Memory Cave....................................................343 Out There There Be Dragons.....................................344 The Song Thief.................................................345 Wet Nurse......................................................346 Ode to a Drum..................................................347 Eclogue at Daybreak............................................348 Genealogy......................................................349 Kosmos.........................................................350 Confluence.....................................................352 Palimpsest.....................................................354 Mumble Peg.....................................................364 Ia Drang Valley................................................365 Cenotaph.......................................................366 The Trapper's Bride............................................367 Eclogue at Twilight............................................367 The Tally......................................................369 Heroes of Waterloo.............................................370 Wokanmagulli...................................................371 Waratah........................................................372 New Gold Mountain..............................................373 White Lady.....................................................374 Meditations on a Dingo.........................................375 Report from the Lucky Country..................................376 In the Mirror..................................................377 The Piccolo....................................................378 John Says......................................................379 Corners of Night...............................................380 Messages.......................................................382 Visitation.....................................................382 Bennelong's Blues..............................................383 Quatrains for Ishi.............................................384 The Glass Ark..................................................388 Nude Interrogation.............................................393 The Poplars....................................................394 Surgery........................................................394 Phantasmagoria.................................................395 A Summer Night in Hanoi........................................399 A Reed Boat....................................................400 Buried Light...................................................401 The Hanoi Market...............................................401 Shrines........................................................402 Frontispiece...................................................403 Breasts........................................................404 The Deck.......................................................404 Ghost Video....................................................405 Phantom Limbs..................................................406 Dream Animal...................................................407 Testimony......................................................407 Blessing the Animals...........................................418 Rhythm Method..................................................420 The Parrot Asylum..............................................421 The Thorn Merchant's Daughter..................................422 The Monkey House...............................................423 Dolphy's Aviary................................................424 Crack..........................................................425 No-Good Blues..................................................427 Sandhog........................................................430 The Wall.......................................................431 A Story........................................................432 What Counts....................................................432 Woebegone......................................................433 Strands........................................................434 Anodyne........................................................435 Index of Titles and First Lines....................................437 </PRE> <!--excerpt-->
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