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Kevin Young

Kevin Young

·4.13·7,865 Ratings
“ Learning never exhausts the mind. ” ― Leonardo da Vinci
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  • Love Poems

    1993·
    ·3.8·232 Ratings
    It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from the writings of ancient China to those of modern-day Americ
  • The Body's Question

    2003·
    ·4.01·266 Ratings
    You are pure appetite. I am pureAppetite. You are a phantomIn that far-off city where daylightClimbs cathedral walls, stone by stolen stone.--from "Self-Portrait as the Letter Y"Confronting loss, historical intersections with race and family, and the thre
  • Poems of New York

    2002·
    ·3.88·165 Ratings
    New York City has always been a larger-than-life, half-mythical place, and this collection offers an appropriately stunning mosaic of its many incarnations in poetry–ranging from Walt Whitman’s exuberant celebrations to contemporary poets’ moving re
  • Black Maria: Poems Produced and Directed by

    2005·
    ·3.88·121 Ratings
    Kevin Young follows his acclaimed exploration of the blues in Jelly Roll with another playful riff on a vital art form, giving us a film noir in verse. Black Maria–the title is a slang term for a police van as well as a hearse–is a twisting tale of su
  • Jelly Roll

    2005·
    ·4·375 Ratings
    In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as “Stride Piano,” “Gutbucket,” and “Can-Can,” these po
  • Book of Hours: Poems

    2014·
    ·4.21·296 Ratings
    A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement
  • The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink

    2012·
    ·3.98·182 Ratings
    Food and poetry: in so many ways, a natural pairing, from prayers over bread to street vendor songs. Poetry is said to feed the soul, each poem a delicious morsel. When read aloud, the best poems provide a particular joy for the mouth. Poems about food ma
  • The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010

    2012·
    ·4.63·229 Ratings
    "The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 may be the most important book of poetry to appear in years."--Publishers Weekly"All poetry readers will want to own this book; almost everything is in it."--Publishers Weekly"If you only read one poetry b
  • The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

    2010·
    ·4.08·359 Ratings
    Poetry serves a unique role in our lives, distilling human experience and emotion down to truths as potent as they are brief. There are two times most people turn to it: for love and loss. The Art of Losing will be the first anthology of its kind, deliver
  • The Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies

    2012·
    ·4.1·121 Ratings
    The first work of prose by the brilliant poet Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize   Taking its title from Danger Mouse’s pioneering mashup of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles’ The White Album, Kevin
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