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Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems New and Collected Poems (Hardcover)

Author: Yusef Komunyakaa
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0819564257
ISBN-13: 9780819564252
Sku: 30716764
Publish Date: 2/1/2001
Pages:  464
Age Range:  NA
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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.

Table of Contents

Contents

New Poems
    Providence.......................................................3
    Water............................................................5
    Jasmine..........................................................5
    The Whispering Gallery...........................................6
    Tuesday Night at the Savoy Ballroom..............................7
    Doppelgängers....................................................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 Síntoma 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—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
    Communiqué.....................................................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 Café................................................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
    Salomé.........................................................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

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