Helen Edison Lecture: Yusef Komunyakaa

Helen Edison Lecture: Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa is known as a “jazz poet,” a Southern writer and a “soldier poet.” Author of nine books and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Komunyakaa sets a provocative stage by rejecting the “write what you know” model in favor of the defying “write what you are willing to discover” premise. Series: “Helen Edison Lecture Series” [6/2001] [Humanities] [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 5640]

This is a sort of hybrid poetry reading and casual lecture from a great American poet who teaches at New York University. While listening, I thought of many of my students who are writing their first big papers on books like Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and poets like Wisława Szymborska. What impact does literature like theirs, and art in general, have on us as a society, and as humans? Let Komunyakaa’s artful weaving of these questions be an inspiration to you in your pursuit of knowledge.

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