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Black Sea
David Yezzi

Publication date: February 13, 2018


Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2018 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - General Subjects

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-635-7



New Poetry

David Yezzi’s fourth book of poems considers what it’s like, during times of roiling change, to feel like a stranger on one’s own street and in one’s own country. This uprooting is partly geographic, partly psychic: what was familiar has become as foreign as the fabled Black Sea (the site of the Roman poet Ovid’s exile). The emotional pressure of this dislocation pushes his poems into lyric fragments and mordant humor. Home, once a comfort, now hides a threat.

Reviews / Endorsements



“I have loved David Yezzi’s work for years, both the dramatic subtlety of his narrative poems and the cold fire of his lyrics. Black Sea builds on, and refines, both impulses. Everywhere it evinces the kind of energy that can happen when an ancient art is enlivened by a thoroughly modern mind.”—Christian Wiman

“David Yezzi has a good ear for crass vernacular, and a good eye for danger lurking in the commonplace. At its best, his snappy metrical verse castigates pretension. But he’s also an artist of tart melancholia and tenderness. His ‘Keats in Louisville’ achieves real dignity in its understatement.”—Rosanna Warren



DAVID YEZZI previously published a book of poems, Birds of the Air, with Carnegie Mellon. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is chair of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and editor of The Hopkins Review.



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