Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa’s newest collection of poems, The Emperor of Water Clocks, is full of inquiry into the structures and struggles of power. His many books of poetry include Neon Vernacular (for which he received the Pulitzer Prize), Talking Dirty to the Gods, Taboo, Warhorses, The Chameleon Couch, and Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker. His plays, performance art, and libretti have been performed internationally and include Wakonda’s Dream, Saturnalia, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He teaches at New York University.

In his own words: “…if one becomes a close reader, I believe that one is already a half step from grabbing up a pen and scribbling down those first lines.”

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