Dear Darkness: poems

by Kevin Young

Hardcover, 2008





New York : Knopf, 2008.


"Las Vegas, Nashville, Despair, the Midwest, "Bar-B-Q Heaven," and his family's Louisiana home: these are the American places that Kevin Young visits in his sixth book of poetry. Begun as a reflection on family and memory, Dear Darkness became a book of elegies after the sudden death of the poet's father, a violent event that silenced Young with grief until he turned to rhapsodizing about the food that has sustained him and his Louisiana family for decades. Flavorful, yet filled with sadness, these stunningly original odes - to gumbo, hot sauce, crawfish, and even homemade wine - travel adeptly between slow-cooked tradition and a new direction, between everyday living and transcendent sorrow."--BOOK JACKET.

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LibraryThing member plenilune
Exploring grief through blues and humor, Young has created a poetic manifesto for anyone who has experienced loss-- and who among us hasn't? He has a gift for the rhythms of language, and his poetry exemplifies the power of succinctness.
LibraryThing member nicholasjjordan
I would guess that in the course of my first reading I read every poem two or three times, trying not to miss a drop of all the goodness. I loved all the odes to food, the many blues, and the deep God-talk going on here too. And as this was from the library, I immediately bought it and his earlier collection, *Jelly Roll.*


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