How to Be Drawn (Poets) (Paperback)

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Hayes' poetic voice is a vital part of my poetry intake. Meaning-making, music-making, whatever poetry is, whatever happens to make a collection of words glimmer from the page to detonate in the mind...Hayes does this repeatedly. A new collection from Hayes is the perfect jump-start for readers who need a poetry kick.
— From How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes


A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award

Watch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, coming in June of 2018

In How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes's background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates the
principle of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes's award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.

About the Author

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn, his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780143126881
ISBN-10: 0143126881
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Poets