For the Confederate Dead
In For the Confederate Dead, Kevin Young pays tribute to people and things he admires, from the poet Gwendolyn Brooks to jazz great Lionel Hampton to America itself.
”America, you won’t obey./You won’t hunt/or heel or stay./America,/you won’t do/anything I want you to./(To tell the truth,/I like that about you.)”
Ceaselessly charming, inventive, conversational yet rigorous poems.