Ode to the drum by yusef komunyakaa listen gazelle i killed you for your skins exquisite touch for how easy it is to be nailed to a board weathered raw as white butcher paper last night i heard my daughter praying for the meat here at my feet you know it wasnt anger. Ode to a drum audio only poet yusef komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of copacetic a collection of poems built from colloquial speech which demonstrated his incorporation of jazz influences more yusef komunyakaa sign up for poem a day. Here is one of the finest poems ive read in a long time ode to a drum written by american poet yusef komunyakaa please accept it as a festive gift and pass it on gazelle i killed you for your skins exquisite touch for how easy it is to be nailed to a board. Ode to a drumyusef komunyakaa 1998included in the first section of yusef komunyakaas 1998 collection thieves of paradise ode to a drum describes an african drum maker talking to the gazelle he has killed while nailing the gazelles hide to wood and the music that results from the drum he creates the poem was also included in the album love notes from the mad house komunyakaas musical . Poet yusef komunyakaa reads his poem ode to a drum at the nys writers institute in 2001 komunyakaa is the author of more than a dozen poetry volumes including talking dirty to the gods 2000
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