Thieves of Paradise (Hardcover)
Author: Yusef Komunyakaa
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (1998)
Pulitzer Prize–winner Yusef Komunyakaa delivers a powerful meditation on American, and particularly African American, life in the wake of Vietnam. In poems overflowing with language, memories of childhood are tinged with memories of war. Drawing on multiple traditions, Komunyakaa's poetry is potent, live, and, like the strains of jazz running through it, an erudite and soulful music.