Terrance Hayes' New "Americanist" Poetry Collection

By Harriet Staff

Elizabeth Hoover reviews Terrance Hayes' fourth collection, "Lighthead" at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Terrance Hayes' fourth collection of poetry is a celebration and castigation of American culture, one worthy of the term "Americanist." The title references the light of inspiration and the fire that pours from the heads of two teenage lynching victims in one of the opening poems. The fact that the title can do both inspiration and elegy is indicative of how meaning is contested terrain in Hayes' work.

Originally Published: May 25th, 2010