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Ly moot Sometimes I hold you like Achilles' shield and indeed all relationships in this telling are sites of violence and battle His line is longer and looser than in Taboo and Talking Dirty to the Gods and in long poe “Warhorses

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  1. says:

    War broken torn downto nothingbut stripped muscles tendons to dreams of the pastshe was now at easeIf you've read my Goodreads posts you know that I am a big fan of Komunyakaa's elucidation of war through verse I've tried to distill the heights to which his arrangement of words have taken me during much need reading escapes Dien Cai Dau review and Neon Vernacular New and Selected Poems review My hope is to make my way slowly through his twelve or ? books This one I found deliciously allusive and elusive the kind of potency I enjoy with my poetry And yet I couldn't help notice how esoteric it was at times how the erudition sometimes masked the soul and grit that often characterizes Komunyakaa's works And perhaps later in the last section it was also the form that startled me In any case it's about personal preference What I admired here is what I often do with this poet the mixture of the global and deeply personal the music of love and psychology the capture of torment and glee The makeup of this collection is like a lemon drop martini with just the right blend of sweet sour and smooth burn Now if I'll only have the chance to hear him read his poetry some dayOne of my favorites Tonight the old hard work of loveTonight the old hard work of lovehas given up I can't unbutton promisesor sing secrets into your left eartuned to uivering plucked stringsNo please I can't face the reflectionof metal on your skin in your eyescan't risk weaving new breath into war fogThe anger of the trees is rooted in the soilLet me drink in your newly found riverof sighs your way with incantationsLet me see if I can't string this guitar take down your effigy of moonlightfrom the cross the dogwood in bloomprinted on memory's see through cloth


  2. says:

    This is a difficult book It isn't difficult in the way of Eliot or Pound or any of those poets whose work is obliue and twisted and confusing no it is just hard to keep reading as Komunyakaa lays out the horrors of war in poem after poem culminating in a forty page long poem of war and the experience of war and the effects of having killed even if you were just following orders as so many soldiers are when the Alter Ego of that final poems says Forgive my father's larcenous tongue Forgive my mother's intoxicated lullaby Forgive my sixth sense Forgive my heart penis but don't forgive my hands This book seeks to drown the reader in the destruction that is war drawing very heavily on the American violence in Vietnam where Komunyakaa did serve in the military because a this sort of prolonged submersion is the closest that it can get to expressing the thing itself The poems of Warhorses do not flinch do not shy away do take snapshots of what has been doneSomeone's beating a prisonerSomeone's counting red leavesfalling outside a clouded windowin a secret country Someoneholds back a river but the next rabbit jabmakes him piss on the stone floorThe interrogator orders the manto dig his grave with a teaspoonThese poems are harsh are tired are angry are horrified are raw but they are also measured and constructed and smooth Here the old masters of Shok Awe huddle in the war room talking iron fire sand alloy nomenclature Komunyakaa weaves his invective and his cautions and his regrets flawlessly into a cascade of silken language the color the only visible reminder of the blood spilled and the bile used and the sheer feeling wrung out into yellow and indigo dyes But what colors he gives When the poem opens Tribe Clan Valley riverbank Country Continent Interstellar aborigines Suad Platoon Company Battalion Regiment Hive swarm Colony Legend Laws the drumbeat pulse of the words mirrors the terror and the marching and when the speaker of the same poem asks was I talking war in my sleep again? there is no comfort that this was a nightmare because this nightmare had to have been made of living remembrances The dust blue tones of The Crying Hill well up with Seth Horus both dead now for years They were kings three laughing boys daring the small animals to speak and the red destruction of Grenade is captured in a fluid prose poem that claims Flesh earth fall into the eyes and mouths of the men A dream trapped in midairKomunyakaa blends raw emotion and meticulous craft into a set of poems that dazzle with their brilliance and elegance as much as pummel with emotion The long Autobiography of my Alter Ego is perhaps the best poem in the book but the opening seuence Love in the Time of War contains some remarkable sections and The Panorama Guernica and Grenade are also fanntastic Warhorses is well worth the wringer that it puts you through


  3. says:

    Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa does not disappoint This riveting and emotional collection of poems dealing with the horror and destruction of war is incredibly moving The images Mr Komunyakaa describes plunge the reader into the midst of the conflict Backpedaling in terror I found myself wanting to set this book aside but I could not Like a soldier I had to see the battle to its fateful conclusionI especially liked the ending segment Autobiography Of My Alter Ego This section read very much like a soldier’s diary organizing the writer’s reflections of his home life with the bloody stench of war Anyone who has ever gone into battle will easily envision himself or herself in this collection The tragic destruction of human life painstakingly rendered in Warhorses will remain in the reader’s mind long after the final page has been turnedAnn B Keller


  4. says:

    I can't imagine Komunyakaa writing a dull book his interests are just too wide ranging too passionate Here are a few words I wrote about this one


  5. says:

    Poems in three sections Love in the Time of War Heavy Metal and Autobiography of My Alter Ego Warhorses looks at the myth and reality of war mixing literature and history politics and race personal experience and current events to present a searing testimony that matches lure to horror with a sobering effectiveness The first section appears to be a suite of unrhymed sonnets with each poem featuring multiple pairings “fire sand alloy nomenclature” “praises curses” “slave warrior” “prayers regrets” “anger avarice” “sweat fingerprints” and “boots helmets” to site just a few in its swirling descriptions of war’s bloody business In these poems the myth and the lethality of war are featured its connection to sex and love to rape and grief The second section mixes the topical “Surge”—“Always ” it begins and the technological “The Helmet” “The Catapult” “Grenade” and “Heavy Metal Solilouy” The volume ends with Autobiography of My Alter Ego reintroducing race as a theme The narrator is a Vietnam vet who like his father is “a cover artist” “Oh so you don’t know what a cover artist is? Well let’s say he was someone like Pat Boone Elvis” The poem tells of his growing up his love for the woman who took care of him his war experiences and his post war wanderings A cover artist he sees himself as John Howard Griffin a white man who passed as black to experience racism and who sees war declared and otherwise as a conflict against color “why is our enemy always dark skinned? always surrendering an arm a leg for a tooth a child for an eye?” It links Abu Ghraib to American prisons It ends with a plea for forgiveness that is comprehensive but contains a single exception Forgive “the brightly colored viper” it begins and “the stormy century of crows” and it concludes “Forgive my mother’s intoxicated lullaby Forgive my sixth sense Forgive my heart penis but don’t forgive my hands” Komunyaka knits shock and awe with Gilgamesh the jawbone of an ass with planes flying into the Twin Towers and does so with balance and the horrible grace of the unblinking judgment that refuses to set aside compassion or culpability A beautiful somber meditation on warfare that will be read and re read


  6. says:

    “Warhorses” is an appropriate name for this book—there’s a war on nearly every page Vietnam Ira Afghanistan the Sudan Troy etc Man’s inhumanity against man is Komunyakaa’s subject and at times the stock words meant to call forth emotion fall a little flat blood bodies cries we’ve heard all these before But I kept changing my mind about this book—after a poem like “Warhorses” that felt flat and unemotional “Guernica” would hit “Although it was only a replica woven on a wall at the UN before the statesmen could speak of war they draped a blue cloth over the piece so cameras weren’t distracted by the dead child in her mother’s embrace The severed hand grips a broken sword The woman falling through the floor of a burning house is still falling The horse screams a human voice The dumbstruck bull pines for the matador” “Grenade” and “The Towers” in particular held me spellbound “Grenade” a prose poem narrates a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save others “turning flesh into dust” “The Towers” on the facing page constructs itself into two columns on the page and the explanation of the Sept 11 to a dead son is heartbreaking cf Komunyakaa’s personal tragedy in 04Komunyakaa alludes to a few other war poems—Randall Jarrell’s “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” at the end of “Heavy Metal Solilouy” for example—but the focus is on a singular mind trying to process what’s happenedWhen I read individual sections of the long seuence which finishes the book “Autobiography of My Alter Ego” I was unimpressed but read as a seuence the poems establish the voice of a man who has been through war Vietnam and thus can tell us something about our current wars “Here’s another thing about war” he tells us “any man who can plead through a hunk of brass this way could never kill another man You can’t talk to God kill a man in the same breath No way”


  7. says:

    Unfortunately I couldn't get over the subject matter and diction of war to really appreciate the verse here Masculine However his epic poem Autobiography of my Alter Ego is uite riveting associative sound driven and clean It follows a whole history of an invented ? speaker; reminds us what's meant by a suspension of disbelief I'm now a great fan of YK


  8. says:

    I had previously read a collection of previous Komunyakaa poems Pleasure Dome without knowing anything about the poet Because of that and the name I read his work as if he were a contemporary African poet writing in English With this new collection I decided to do a bit of searching and found his biography including the fact that he was born James Willie Brown Jr in Louisiana served in Viet Nam and later recovered the name of his ancestors great grandparents who stowed away on a ship from Trinidad The back story especially the Viet Nam experience added a great deal to my reading of these poems a central theme in which is the horrors of war and the scars it leaves The poems span across the outlines of recent wars Viet Nam Ira to mythological warscapes My favorite part is the alter ego poem at the end which weaves a multiplicity of identities including jazz artists Do you know this tune do you know who's playing tenor? Listen Listen


  9. says:

    Personal yet encompassing Komunyakaa speaks of love war music racism and the intersections between Some endings are hopeful some are desolate Komunyakaa is shifting complicated striking and sure to make you uncomfortable Warhorses is mostly calm elegant and composed Well timed sharp bursts of anger and profanity occasionally burst forth from what seems like nowhere The book is paced excellently to wring the most out of the reader I really meant to read this over a longer period of time but I just couldn't stop Poetry I'm happy to revisit again and again Komunyakaa is amazing and one of my favorite poets


  10. says:

    Magnificent anti war poems The first section covers the history of warfare from medieval times to the present The title poem whose concept is self evident is marvelous Another winner is Surge The last section titled Autobiography of My Alter Ego covers the poets life and is masterly Komunyakaa is a Pulitzer Prize winner deservedly so


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