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CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Apr. 5)--Yusef Komunyakaa, 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, will read a sample of his poems at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 12, in Bond Hall Auditorium on The Citadel's campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

     Komunyakaa won the prize for his collection "Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems," published by Wesleyan University Press. The book is comprised of selections from earlier works including, "Copacetic," "I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head," and his award-winning collection about the Vietnam War, "Dien Cai Dau."

     The New York Times says this about Komunykaa's poetry: "He acknowledges poetry to be the most inaccessible of literary forms, requiring a commitment from readers that not many are willing to make...Poets need to be of eccentric and independent turn of mind, and Mr. Komunyakaa seems just that. He's pleased by ambiguity, complexity, resonance with clarity. His poems, many of which are built on fiercely autobiographical with the stains that experience leaves on life, and they are often achingly suggestive without resolution."

     Komunyakaa was born in Bogalusa, La. He served in Vietnam as a correspondent and editor of "The Southern Cross." Currently, he is a professor of English at Indiana University and was recently appointed Holloway Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.

     For more information, contact the Department of English at 953-5068.


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