Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems

Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part One; Poems

by Yusef Komunyakaa

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With the allusive leaps and improvisational chops of a jazz soloist, Yusef Komunyakaa is our great poet of connectivity—the secret blood that links slave and master, explorer and native, stranger and brother. In Taboo he examines the role of blacks in Western history, and how these roles are portrayed in art and literature. In taut, meticulously crafted three-line stanzas, Rubens paints his wife looking longingly at a black servant; Aphra Behn writes Oroonoko "as if she'd rehearsed it/for years in her spleen"; and in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson is "still/at his neo-classical desk/musing, but we know his mind/is brushing aside abstractions/so his hands can touch flesh." Taboo is the powerful first book in a new trilogy by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work never ceases to challenge and delight his readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374530150
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/21/2006
Series: Wishbone Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Yusef Komunyakaa's eleven books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods (FSG, 2000) and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Princeton University.

Table of Contents



Aghribat Al-Arab

Henry the Navigator

Other Worlds


Astraea's Footnotes

Queen Marie-Thérèse & Nabo

Lament & Praise Song

Sunset in Surinam


Unframing a Triptych

Captain Amasa Delano's Dilemma

Before the Windows

Double Exposure

King of the Octave

The Price of Blood

The Quadroon's Masque Hall

Antebellum Silhouettes

Tobe's Blues

Othello's Robe

Jeanne Duval's Confession

Hagar's Daughter


Nude Study

Trueblood's Blues

Satchmo, USA

Cante Jondo

The House

To Beauty

Daddy Red

Twilight Seduction

Homage to a Bellhop

Forgive & Live

Séance & Shadowplay




At the Red Sea

In Line at the Bank

Troubling the Water


Lingua Franca

The Archivist


Outside the Blue Nile

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