Songs of Earth: Poetry and Music with Yusef Komunyakaa and Paul Muldoon
Award-winning poets Yusef Komunyakaa and Paul Muldoon will read their work with musical accompaniment by pianist Noriko Kamo and guitarist David Mansfield.
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The Kimmel Center is wheelchair accessible.
Yusef Komunyakaa’s numerous books of poems include Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999; Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magic City; Dien Cai Dau, which won the Dark Room Poetry Prize; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; Copacetic; and most recently, The Emperor of Water Clocks. Komunyakaa's prose is collected in Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews & Commentaries. He also co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology and co-translated The Insomnia of Fire by Nguyen Quang Thieu. His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Universite Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Photo: Lauren McClung
Paul Muldoon is the author of a number of poetry collections, including New Weather (1973); Why Brownlee Left (1980); Quoof (1983); Meeting the British (1987); New Selected Poems: 1968-1994 (1996); Hay (1998); Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize; Horse Latitudes (2006); One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015); Selected Poems 1968-2104 (2016); and Frolic and Detour (2019). He has also published collections of criticism, children’s books, opera libretti, song lyrics, and works for radio and television. His book Moy Sand and Gravel won both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and his collection Horse Latitudes was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. His recent collections of poetry include Maggot (2010), One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015), and Frolic and Detour (2019).
Photo: Roberto Ricciuti