Komunyakaa on Skin Color

Yusef Komunyakaa, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet who served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam (and whose war-time service is a theme he often returns to in his work), had a terrific article in last Sunday’s (January 18) Washington Post Magazine . The article, “The Colors in My Dreams, ” is a thoughtful reminiscence/essay in which the poet (who teaches creative writing at NYU) goes back to his childhood in Louisiana and to discuss matters of race, focusing on the personal politics of skin color. The long article is well-written, well-thought-out, and insightful.

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