Fall 1993 • Vol. XV No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1993 |

The Tension between Memory and Forgetting in the Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa

Copacetic by Yusef Komunyakaa. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1984. 58 pages. $10.95, paper. I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head by Yusef Komunyakaa. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1986. 73 pages. Out of print. Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1988. 65 pages. $22.50; $10.95, paper. Magic City by Yusef Komunyakaa. Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, 1993. 59 pages. $22.50; $10.95, paper. Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa. Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, 1993. 150 pages. $14.95, paper. The publication of Yusef Komunyakaa's Magic City and his new and selected poems, Neon Vernacular, provide an opportunity for a detailed examination of the body of his work. Nine collections have been published since his first, Dedications & Other Darkhorses, in 1977. All the poems discussed here can be found in Neon Vernacular, except those from Magic City. Quite simply, Komunyakaa is one

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Toi Derricotte is the author of The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include, among many others, the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, two Pushcart Prizes and the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists. Derricotte is the co-founder of Cave Canem Foundation (with Cornelius Eady), Professor Emerita at the University of Pittsburgh and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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