Muscular Music

Muscular Music

by Terrance Hayes


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Originally published by Tia Chucha Press in 1999, Muscular Music, the debut collection of Terrance Hayes, won a Whiting Writers award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and received favorable reviews in the Washington Post Book World, Black Issues Book Review, The Poetry Book Club Review, and in several literary journals. Hayes’ second book, Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), was a National Poetry Series Open Competition Winner, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. His third book, Wind in a Box, was published by Penguin in 2006.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887484384
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2006
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 627,067
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

TERRANCE HAYES is the recent recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Hayes currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his family, and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University.

Table of Contents

At Pegasus What I Am • Morning Poem • Shafro • Derrick Poem (The Lost World) • Salami • Pittsburgh • Buy One, Get One • I Want to Be Fat • How You Beens • Summer Ballad of Bullethead • Yummy Suite: Blues, Blues for Shavon, From Reen, Janie Fields, Micaiah, Local Grocer, Little Ron, Derrick & Cragg Jump School • Something for Marvin • Goliath Poem • Noir: Orpheus • Some Luminous Distress • Late • Tenderness Blackbird • Lady Sings the Blues • Poet Dying at the Window • Mr. Mouse Plays the Blues • Hathaway • Woman Walking on the Road • When the Neighbors Fight • Midnight • Boxcar Notes

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"Terrance Hayes is one elegant poet. First you’ll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you’ll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world."

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whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those collections where many of the poems float by not leaving much of an impression, though they're enjoyable at the moment, but then certain poems are so powerful that they beg for immediate re-reading and thought. Hayes' language play makes this collection a worthwhile find, and fun to read....and, those certain poems make it worth sharing and rereading over and over again. And, if you're familiar with Pittsburgh, you'll find references to the city scattered throughout the poems, bringing out right back to the city for the moment of the poem.