Yusef Komunyakaa

Katarzyna Jakubiak (Millersville University of Pennsylvania)
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Yusef Komunyakaa's ever-growing contribution to literature and culture spans – so far – fourteen books of poetry; one collection of prose writings; two plays, which tackle themes as diverse as the epic of Gilgamesh and the Civil Rights movement; five opera librettos with subject matter ranging from the trial of Chief Standing Bear to pitfalls of global capitalism; two edited anthologies of jazz poetry; numerous recordings of poetry-and-music projects developed in collaboration with contemporary musicians; and a treasure trove of other pieces, often challenging generic boundaries (e.g. a dialogue-essay), dispersed among literary magazines. If not a renaissance man, Yusef Komunyakaa is certainly a writer who embraces many different voices and forms of expression. The “volcanic”…

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Citation: Jakubiak, Katarzyna. "Yusef Komunyakaa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12204, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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