How to Be Drawn (Poets, Penguin)

How to Be Drawn Poets Penguin A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes the National Book Award winning author of LightheadIn How to Be Drawn his daring fifth collection Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are se

  • Title: How to Be Drawn (Poets, Penguin)
  • Author: Terrance Hayes
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  • Page: 255
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of LightheadIn How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes s background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it Thus, one poemA dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of LightheadIn How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes s background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it Thus, one poem contemplates theprinciple of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes s award winning poetry are unified by existential focus Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How to Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.

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    1. What can I say? Just awesome! Love Hayes' approach to writing poetry. He brings everything and everybody into his poetry. He has a lot to say if you take the time to read, reread, understand and then reread. I swear you'll understand and find more things with each reading. This is his fifth collection of poetry but well worth the read.

    2. Hello, sliding chairs. Hello, vicious whispering shadows.I'm a reasonable man, but I want to be as inexplicableas something hanging a dozen feet in the air.I've been reading this in pieces, bite sized moments taken in mornings and twilights when no-one is around to interrupt the flow and spread of words on the page.This is my first encounter with Terrence Hayes - first of many, I hope. His writing is fluid and twisting and clever, poems laid out in inventive ways that serve to tell their stories [...]

    3. I don't know how to talk about poetry but this is a powerful book. Lots of clever wordplay in many of the poems. When Hayes engages with popular culture he does it so well. Really enjoyed this.

    4. I read this because it was longlisted for the National Book Award in poetry in 2015. Terrance Hayes is a South Carolinian by birth and his last volume won the NBA in 2010! That may have been the first year I read the poetry nominees. Terrance is also a visual artist, and so there is some art going on in these poems - painting and painters, form, music; also some experimental forms based on genetic mapping (I think?) etc.My absolute favorite is "The Rose Has Teeth" about a piano. You can see the [...]

    5. Terrance Hayes collection of poems, How to Be Drawn is a fascinating group of poems, filled with jazzy rhythms. There is a lot of pain but the overall impression is of an exuberance of life, of celebration.Hayes uses many different kinds of forms here-tables, catalogs, a fascinating group of tribes and their customs, as well as your more typical poem. The collection is always interesting, both formally and emotionally.

    6. So I just finished the book I got while visiting bookstores with Cathleen last weekend. How to Be Drawn is a slim volume of poetry by contemporary African American poet Terrence Hayes. My favorite section was the 2nd (of 3) which contained several elegies to those dead or otherwise forgotten by society, either figures from Hayes's personal life or historical/artistic figures. My favorite was Black Confederate Ghost Stories His work also reminds me of that of Whitman with it's focus on the indivi [...]

    7. The poetry here digs into, grazes, taps into, flows in and out of and grows from other art forms. Love that! We have poems, so fascinating, born of: dissonant and colliding and melding color, crime reports, charts, maps and so much more. Teeming with life. So much packed in here. Wow!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A poem by Terrence Hayes that I love but not from this volume follows:How to Draw a Perfect CircleI can imitate the spheres of the model’s bo [...]

    8. I don't read poetry and so I have no idea how to review it. What I can tell you is that it's been a long time since I couldn't put a book down because it moved me intellectually and viscerally. It's no surprise to me that Hayes is a trained visual artist; each poem is a visual work of art. That's what I can tell you. And here's a bit from one of my favorites, New York Poem:on sci-fi bridges and islesof New York, on the rooftops in Chinatownwhere Miles Davis is pumping in,and someone is telling m [...]

    9. I have never really come across a poetry book that I didn't like. So when several poems into this and not liking any so far, I paused and tried to figure out why. Then I realized that I had only read poems by women (as far as I can remember). I persevered and finished this, but it was rare for me to enjoy any of the poems in this book. The book is divided up into 3 sections one I really didn't like, one that was okay, and one I thought pretty good. So that averages out to about a 3 star for me. [...]

    10. Stunning.Hayes’ playfulness (through punning and free association, for example) and characteristic formal daring add a real richness to the truths he captures. Wonderful work, here.

    11. The most interesting aspect of this book is the formatting the author uses. Some of the poems within are *graphs*. It's pretty lit.

    12. At once contemporary and timeless, this collection asks the reader to embark on a musical study of history, family, and socioeconomic markers that are somehow both very personal and universal. As with all of Hayes' books, I left feeling better informed about how others walk around in this world. Such careful attention to language and detail. And the endings zing. I'm getting notes of Hicok and Bibbins here, but also some form play a la Rankine. Some of my favorite moments:I now know "bolt" is to [...]

    13. This is one of those times when I wish there was the ability to award an additional half-star; five (5) stars would of be too many and four (4) stars would be too few. Terrance Hayes' current collection of poetry reminds me of Claudia Rankine's award-winning book, "Citizen" which was and is so incredibly prescient.In "How to be Drawn" Terence Hayes explores the pathos of the African-American experience in various forms of word play and structure not unlike that of my favorite word artist Jenny H [...]

    14. Brilliant, enlightening poetry that should be read out loud, but is also a deep pleasure to read in silence. Hayes's poetry is creatively formatted and his word play is a forceful and mighty. Hayes is a master of homonyms; his usage is never corny, but stunning and unique. Should I list examples? Should I cite some references? Should I take a leap of faith and just hope you find this on your own? Okay. A few moments that stand out:James BrownFormat of poem of "thief"His aunt, the carpenterHummin [...]

    15. When he's on, Terrance Hayes is one of the best poets writing today: check out Wind in a Box, Lighthead and Hip Logic. How to Be Drawn isn't Hayes at his best; it feels like a transitional volume, one in which he's experimenting with forms that are likely to show up in more fully developed ways on down the road. But I'm unlikely to come back to this collection often. There are some high points: "Like Mercy," "New Jersey Poem" and the wonderful tribute to James Brown in "How To Be Drawn to Troubl [...]

    16. "My motto isNever mistake what it is for what it looks like.My generosity, for example, is mostly a formof vanity. A bandanna is a useful handkerchief,but a handkerchief is a useless-ass bandanna."(From "What It Look Like")

    17. Tremendous book. "Black Confederate Ghost Story" should be required reading. So many powerful, lyric, structurally challenging, and socially incisive. I'm looking forward to reading more of Hayes work.

    18. This one by Terrance was good, but not great for me. It felt kinda slow, his words came close but didn't grab me. I'm sure I'll read it again some time later,and maybe I'll get a different outcome.

    19. How To Be Drawn reads as a collection of expansive and dense poems written by an author comfortable with the place of his voice within the wider field of the arts. The poems within this book are often linked to other artists, whose works and processes have inspired his voice to call out. HTBD moves forward with this personal comfort and artistic reticence to experiment in what a poem’s form can be, to most dynamically drive home the clear and urgent function of the words within.In the poems th [...]

    20. Really wanted to like this more than I did.I couldn't get into any of the rhythms. The subject matter was probably interesting but lost underneath too many words, which I didn't think was possible. The Just never felt like I got anywhere with any but two of these poems - How to Draw an Invisible man and New Jersey Poem. Instructions for a Seance with Vladimirs was also good but seemed to drag on longer than necessary.Perhaps partly his form, which is sometimes experimental and free verse-y and s [...]

    21. 5/5 stars. what a phenomenal collection of poetry. i absolutely loved everything in this book, Terrance Hayes is coming to do a reading at my school and i am so ecstatic to hear him read and hear his perspective on important issues in the world. i think he might be one of my new favorites.

    22. I am fairly new to poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection! Hayes surprised me with his wit and expression. I was also pleased to find out he grew up in Columbia! Looking forward to getting into poetry more and finding what makes my soul sing!

    23. a poetic voice that stands alone in a fog of abstract expressionism brimming with fresh, vivid emotion and language.

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