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How to Be Drawn
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TERRANCE HAYES is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic; and Muscular Music, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

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"Hayes's work fits strong emotions into virtuoso forms. . .He is a poet of swallowed garrulity, imagined riposte, mock correction, and interior litigation. . .[his] poems are like a Pixar version of the mental marionette show, a dazzling space crammed with comic jabs."--Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker "Music serves as both an animating force and resonant presence in Hayes's poems. . .Hayes occupies this musical mode like a connoisseur and deploys it like a virtuoso. His lines can (and do) freely drift between themes of blackness, masculinity, history, family, art, and language, and freely shift between forms."--The Boston Globe "One of the most exciting and imaginative poets at work in America today. . .though his writing, with its mix of intellectual agility and sonic density, sounds far more like hip hop, it stands, temperamentally, in the tradition of older kinds of music: folk ballads, for example, or the blues, traditions that take hardship as a given and seek solace, entertainment, and communion in its midst."--Slate "Both a fascinating and liberating collection of poems. As it kicks against our staid definition of poetry it offers new and refreshing possibilities for the artform."--The Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Another stunner, a collection that sees the poet thinking more deeply about perception - the public and private, the viewed and the ignored. . .the work hurdles between violent beauty and stark, philosophical truth telling."--Publishers Weekly

"Assured and electrifying. . .a grandly imaginative and cunningly inventive poet. . .Hayes writes far-reaching yet intimate monologues that are simultaneously subtle and hard-hitting. . .Expansive, original, resounding."--ALA Booklist "Reading Terrance Hayes' thick, gorgeous, knowing, endlessly surprising poems is like spending a long evening with your most soulful and garrulous friend, one you haven't seen in ages. His poems are protean; you never know when they will shape-shift or turn a corner. Hayes and his poems are brilliant, which is to say, bedazzling but also filled with illuminating light that shows us things we hadn't seen before."--Elizabeth Alexander

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