Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

I’ve been meaning to say something about Terrance Hayes’s Lighthead ever since it won the 2010 National Book Award, but all I need really do is point you towards Stephen Burt's review.

So buy it: it’s refreshing to read poems that are funny and intelligent – and effortlessly cool.

And if you don't believe me, here is a clip of Hayes reading “Lighthead’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Fish Head for Katrina” (but sadly not “A Plate of Bones” or “Three Measures of Time”, two of my favourites).

According to Lighthead's blurb, Hayes is "a neo-bluesman whispering existential riffs against modern chaos". Enjoy. 

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