Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa is an American poet who was born in 1941 and teaches at New York University. In 1994 he won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his Neon Vernacular. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry that same year.  Read more of Yusef Komunyakaa’s Biography.

Facing It

‘Facing It’ by Yusef Komunyakaa speaks of one man’s reaction to seeing the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Venus’-fly traps

‘Venus’-fly traps’ by Yusef Komunyakaa describes the life of a young boy, the secrets he hears and the worlds he creates as escape mechanisms. 

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