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Book Title: Most Way Home|
The author of the book: Kevin Young
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Reader ratings: 6.9
Date of issue: June 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9781581950212
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Kevin went to the same high school I did in Topeka, KS, but I do not think this is the home referenced in the title. Must be nice to study poetry with Seamus Heaney, but that's what getting into Harvard will do for you.
Kevin is a gifted poet with a knack for lyrical descriptions and he keeps the narrative flowing in his verse. However, at times there is almost too much narrative going on. Some of these poems read like history lessons, they are fine but I question the veracity of the experience. His use of the first person seems anachronistic at times, because I don't think he is old enough to have lived through some of these events he narrates. Overall, an excellent first collection of poems.
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Read information about the authorKevin Young is an American poet heavily influenced by the poet Langston Hughes and the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Young graduated from Harvard College in 1992, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (1992-1994), and received his MFA from Brown University. While in Boston and Providence, he was part of the African-American poetry group, The Dark Room Collective.
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Young is the author of Most Way Home, To Repel Ghosts, Jelly Roll, Black Maria, For The Confederate Dead, Dear Darkness, and editor of Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; Blues Poems; Jazz Poems and John Berryman's Selected Poems.
His Black Cat Blues, originally published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, was included in The Best American Poetry 2005. Young's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and other literary magazines. In 2007, he served as guest editor for an issue of Ploughshares. He has written on art and artists for museums in Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
His 2003 book of poems Jelly Roll was a finalist for the National Book Award.
After stints at the University of Georgia and Indiana University, Young now teaches writing at Emory University, where he is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing, as well as the curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, a large collection of first and rare editions of poetry in English.
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