The wildly spell binding new assortment from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa
"If it's not that i am Ulysses, i'm / his expensive, ruthless part brother." So proclaims Yusef Komunyakaa early in his lush new assortment, The Emperor of Water Clocks. And Ulysses (or his part brother) is yet one of many characters Komunyakaa conjures over the process this densely lyrical booklet. right here his speaker observes a doomed courtroom jester; the following one other remembers Napoleon because the emperor "tells the surgeon to chop out his center / & ship it to the empress, Marie-Louise"; and the following he's only a guy, reflecting on why he'd "rather die a poet / than a warrior."
Through those mutations and migrations and variations and peregrinations, there are constants: Komunyakaa's jazz-inflected rhythms, his without difficulty surreal photos, his social gathering of usual attractiveness and of affection. there's additionally his insistent inquiry into the buildings and struggles of strength: not just, say, of king opposed to jester yet of guy opposed to his personal hope, and of the current opposed to the pernicious impact of the past.
Another very good assortment from the guy David Wojahn has referred to as certainly one of our "most major and person voices," The Emperor of Water Clocks delights, demanding situations, and satisfies.
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