The Listening

The Listening

Poems

Book - 2004
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Univ of Georgia Press
Kyle Dargan's debut collection of poetry searches through the cluttered surface of contemporary life to tune into the elemental sounds within the marrow of living/life. With singular incisiveness and vigor, these poems act simultaneously as psalms and elegies, praising life at the same time they lament its inevitable passing.
Kyle Dargan's debut collection of poetry, The Listening, searches through the cluttered surface of contemporary life to tune into the elemental sounds within the marrow of living/life. Throughout the collection, Dargan interweaves elements of his heritage with the present day--jazz influences blend with hip-hop; neoslave narratives run parallel with the intimate tale of civil rights leaders; post-9/11 America is juxtaposed with family portraits of the sixties and seventies--to reveal the continuous, though ever changing, music of the world around us. Whether capturing the famous Ali-Frazier fight in Manila or a trip to the local barbershop, Muddy Waters or boyhood blacktop games, Dargan gives voice to the most poignant and fleeting aspects of our everyday existence. With singular incisiveness and vigor, these poems act simultaneously as psalms and elegies, praising life at the same time they lament its inevitable passing.


Baker & Taylor
Jazz and hip-hop elements inform a collection of poems celebrating the moments of everyday modern living that somehow capture the elemental energy of life, while at the same time mourning the very transient nature of those moments. Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Original.

Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780820326610
0820326615
Characteristics: xviii, 83 p. ; 22 cm

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