How to Be Drawn

How to Be Drawn

Format
Paperback
Price
$20.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143126881
  • 112 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • 18 and up

Overview

A dazzling new collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award–winning author of Lighthead

In 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 the
principle 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.
How to Be Drawn

How to Be Drawn

Terrance Hayes

Praise

Praise for How to Be Drawn
 
“Another stunner, a collection that sees the poet thinking more deeply about perception – the public and private, the viewed and the ignored. . .the work hurdles between violent beauty and stark, philosophical truth telling.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Assured and electrifying. . .a grandly imaginative and cunningly inventive poet. . .Hayes writes far-reaching yet intimate monologues that are simultaneously subtle and hard-hitting. . .Expansive, original, resounding.”—ALA Booklist
 
“Reading Terrance Hayes’ thick, gorgeous, knowing, endlessly surprising poems is like spending a long evening with your most soulful and garrulous friend, one you haven’t seen in ages.  His poems are protean; you never know when they will shape-shift or turn a corner.  Hayes and his poems are brilliant, which is to say, bedazzling but also filled with illuminating light that shows us things we hadn’t seen before.”—Elizabeth Alexander

Series

Poets, Penguin
Robert Morgan
Amy Gerstler
Terrance Hayes
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