By Terrance Hayes
The second one number of poetry from the writer of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 nationwide publication Award
Terrance Hayes is a dazzlingly unique poet, attracted to adventurous explorations of topic and shape. His new paintings, Hip good judgment, is stuffed with poetic tributes to the likes of Paul Robeson, significant poultry, Balthus, and Mr. T, in addition to poems in line with the anagram precept of phrases inside a observe. all through, Hayes's verse dances in a type of selfmade song field, with notes that variety from delicate to erudite, associative to narrative, funny to political. Hip good judgment does a lot to trap the nuances of latest male African American id and confirms Hayes's acceptance as some of the most compelling new voices in American poetry.
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Is this possible? Can you turn “void” into “God” by switching the words over and over again? Any act of self-salvation is a problem because of death which always has the last laugh, and if there has been a dramatic and continual despair hanging over childhood, then it may even be impossible. After all, can you call “doubt” “bewilderment” and suddenly be relieved? Not if your mind has been fatally poisoned. . But even then, it seems, the dream of having no doubt continues, ﬁnding its way into love and work where choices matter exactly as much as they don’t matter—at least when luck is working in your favor.
Yet strangely it is in this moment that doubt shows itself to be the physical double to belief; it is the quality that nourishes willpower, and the one that is the invisible engine behind every step taken. Doubt is what allows a single gesture to have a heart. 25 In this prose poem Weil’s narrator recovers her balance after a series of reactive revulsions to the surrounding culture by confessing to the most palpable human wish: that whoever he was, he loved her. Hope seems to resist extermination as much as a roach does.
Can you turn “void” into “God” by switching the words over and over again? Any act of self-salvation is a problem because of death which always has the last laugh, and if there has been a dramatic and continual despair hanging over childhood, then it may even be impossible. After all, can you call “doubt” “bewilderment” and suddenly be relieved? Not if your mind has been fatally poisoned. . But even then, it seems, the dream of having no doubt continues, ﬁnding its way into love and work where choices matter exactly as much as they don’t matter—at least when luck is working in your favor.