Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa is a poet born and raised in Louisiana. He served in the Vietnam War and wrote for the military's paper. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1994.

"my story is
how deep the heart runs
to hide & laugh   
with your hands
over your blank mouth
face behind the mask   
talking in tongues   
something tearing   
feathers from a crow   
that screams
from the furnace   
the black candle   
in a skull
sweet pain of meat"
– Blues Chant Hoodoo Revival