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Download The Chameleon Couch ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ A new and intimate collection from one of America's most important poetsThe latest collection from one of our preeminent poets The Chameleon Couch is also one of Yusef Komunyakaa's most personal to date As in his breakthrough work Copacetic Komunyakaa writes again of A new and intimate collection from one of America's most important poetsThe latest collection from one of our preeminent poets The Chameleon Couch is also one of Yusef Komunyakaa's most personal to date As in his breakthrough work Copacetic Komunyakaa writes again of music as muse from a blues club in the East Village to the shakuhachi of Basho Beginning with Canticle this varied new collection often returns to the idea of poem as hymn ethereal and haunting as Komun. It was a fortunate mistake that brought me to this book Because I've found some amazing and unexpected things from them and even despite having come across a couple of duds I'm a sucker for awards of pretty much any kind; The Golden Globes convinced me to watch Jane the Virgin the Man Booker Prize convinced me to read A Brief History of Seven Killings neither of which really appealed to me before some committee somewhere said that they were good It's a bit of a crutch I've developed to go for some award winner when I'm at a loss of what to read or watch So when I saw a decal on The Chameleon Couch that declared it the National Book Award winner I read a couple of poems and decided to pick it up But it turns out that I accidentally ended up with a misprint; The Chameleon Couch didn't win the NBA it was finalist to Head Off and Split Even though I was lured in under false pretenses I can't be too upset because Komunyakaa is just too good A chameleon might be the perfect metaphor for the poems in this collection; Komunyakaa is constantly shifting voice rhythm and tone in his poems He's able to evoke blues grunge and even shakuachi music as he explores themes of racism violence against women and anti Semitism The universal forces of music and oppression tie everything together but rather than being thought of as opposites in the overly simple way that they usually are they are two sensations that help define one another Music is not valuable because of its beauty Komunyakaa thinks of it as powerful because it is a force of rebellion The blues in his writing feel lonelier and the grunge feels harsher when it's clear that they exist as an attack on the systems of power that keep their singers down My favorite piece in here had to be Flesh which was about a woman forced into a loveless marriage only to die in childbirth It reads in partYou wish to know if I cherished a thoughtbeyond lore decorum if bloodless virtuelike some fury of wings beating in a cageushered me beyond paradise Unbelievable as I am I shall say this if I am Beatriceor Beatitude muse or pale siren I am fleshborn to another dream of flesh If I am clayit is the same merciless clay you are made ofwith a red crib of iron running through it the samenaked prayer in the dark holding the song together

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Yakaa reveals glimpses of memory myth and violence With contemplations that spring up along walks or memories conjured by the rhythms of New York Komunyakaa pays tribute than ever before to those who came before himThe book moves seamlessly across cultural and historical boundaries evoking Komunyakaa's capacity for cultural excavation through artifact and place The Chameleon Couch begins in and never fully leaves the present an urban modernity framed brilliantly in. This volume is a rare find for me because I think to come up with the poems of such mastery it must have taken Yusef Komunyakaa a lifetime of serious work developing such an elevated degree of rhythm energy and maturity and then adding it to his already existing talent The book is divided into three sections Even though each section concentrates mainly on one area of specific awareness the richness of the images musicality and powerful intellectual thought and the variety of poetic expression flow through each poem regardless of the section it is in The references whether to mythology history or common knowledge are apt and satisfying and their usages are far from name throwing where one comes across varied allusions from Eurydice Orpheus Morphine or Tantalus to Alice in Wonderland and James Dean from Sappho to Basho from Copernicus and Galileo to the Good Book or from Nat King Cole to Ravel or ChopinIn the first section the first poem Canticle’s lines “Now kissing you I am the archheir of second chances Because I know twelve ways to be wrong” impressed me with its emotion Then the second poem Janus Preface awed me again with its artistic yet cultivated descriptions of nature Among the other poems The Story of a Coat Eclogue at Midnight and Ten or Eleven Disuises the observations of detail in people objects and ideas are exuisite In Ode to the Chameleon “you are always true daring the human eye to see deeper You are envy solace” the poet allows the interior world to overcome the exterior just the way he does in many of the poems throughout the book The second section of the book contains facts and inferences to World War II in several of the poems like Aubade at Hotel Copernicus Fata Morgana English Poppies Orpheus at the Second Gate of HadesThree Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion A Visit to Inner Sanctum The Shortest Night In Conceived in a Time of War I believe the poet refers to his own conception and birth since he was born in 1941 The “you” he refers to is himself ”You have a Paleolithic brainYour cry is several broken treatiesYour mind is a scrap of sailcloth a wishbone a theory of perfect flightYou were born to know hell” Begotten may also be about his background since it begins with “I’m the son of poor Mildred and illiterate JW” “Grief followed me saying Burn your keepsakes” with lines toward the end “We dream of going from one desire to the next But in the final analysis a good thought is the simplest food” But then there are other wars fought without armies or guns the wars of the demoralized and downtrodden due to race which are reflected in Blue Dementia and A Poem Written Inside a Big Round Machine The third section of the book is expertly crafted through the awareness of the poets’ surroundings as in Fortune Flesh Dangerousness The White Dog Syndrome Ode to the Guitar Daybreak A Voice on an Answering Machine Adonis in the Big Apple The Window Dresser’s Song and The Beautiful uickness of a Street Boy In How It Is the poet refers to his art as ““My muse is holding me prisoner She refuses to give back my shadowI think she knows with her kisses in my mouth I could walk on water”Then in the last poem of the book Ontology Guinness Komunkayaa rejoices in the election of President Obama and the rising of the black race Whichever poem one concentrates on personal or universal this poet’s work is hauntingly capable and authoritative without any hint of dryness and with profound emotion competently expressed In short I am very happy to have found this book

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The Chameleon CouchPastoral minded verse The poems seek the cracks beneath the landscape whether New York or Ghana or Poland finding in each elements of wisdom or unexpected beauty The collection is sensually beautifully relaxed in rhetoric; in poems like Cape Coast Castle Komunyakaa reminds us of his gift for combining the personal with the universal one moment addressing a lover the next moving the focus outward until both poet and reader are implicated in the book's startling world. Beautiful dense remarkable poems Reading this book is like eating rich chocolate cake You have to do it slowly and savor Many stunning gems in here by a poet with true mastery and a distinctive voice Not an easy read by any means but worth the effort