Yusef Komunyakaa

Cathey’s guide to peaceful travel

Here’s a great suggestion for summer travel from today’s guest poster Cathey Capers of Austin Texas: memorize a poem as you drive. I don’t know Cathey but I have a whole movie in my head of her driving along the coast and reciting Wendell Berry’s “The Peace of Wild Things,” sometimes getting the words right and […]


The poetry of roadkill

Ode to the Maggot by Yusef Komunyakaa Brother of the blowfly & godhead, you work magic Over battlefields, In slabs of bad pork – & flophouses. Yes, you Go to the root of all things. You are sound & mathematical. Jesus, Christ, you’re merciless – With the truth. Ontological & lustrous, You cast spells on […]