Dien Cai Dau

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  • Title: Dien Cai Dau
  • Author: Yusef Komunyakaa
  • ISBN: 9780819511645
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
Dien Cai Dau

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About “Yusef Komunyakaa

  • Yusef Komunyakaa

    Yusef Komunyakaa born April 29, 1947 is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world.His subject matter ranges from the black general experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights time period and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War from



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  • Most days, I sit in a Center for Writing, reviewing papers for college students, and clarifying the proper formatting and style required by the Modern Language Association MLA , as relates to scholastic writing As I notice varying writing styles, I suggest books for students to read, based on their style So imagine my surprise when a student comes in and suggests this book for me to read You have to read this, he said I nodded and shrugged it off mentally, just like you do when you get a book re [...]


  • This coming Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Vietnamese American War For me and for other diasporic Vietnamese like me, this date is especially significant, as it stakes out not just a traumatic event in our family histories but also a turning point April 30, 1975 was the calendar date on which our families were reborn, redefined, translated, transmuted into English speakers, America dwellers, U.S citizens.On the back of this book, there is a blurb written by the late [...]


  • Yusef Komunyakaa s Dien Cai Dau is another collection of Vietnam War poetry The poet, who received the Bronze Star and edited The Southern Cross, dedicates this book to his brother Glenn, who saw The Nam before Komunyakaa did His poems put the reader in the soldiers shoes, allowing them to camouflage themselves and skulk around the jungles of Vietnam from the very first lines of Camouflaging the Chimera Beyond skulking in the jungle, hunting the Viet Cong, Komunyakaa discusses the weight of war [...]


  • I felt a lot of nostalgia reading this book of poetry Much of the jargon used by Komunyakaa was the same jargon my father used when talking about Vietnam.I can easily picture humping it through a rice paddy under the full moon Feel that fear of men stalking me in the dark Experience a little bit of the mental fragmentation that fighting men must have felt there.


  • Dien Cai Dau Awesome and Vivid Vietnam PoemsProfessor Yusef Komunyakaa is just an awesome poet and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers He is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the Pulitzer Prize Award for his book, Neon Vernacular During the spring of 2009 I read four of his books for a class assignment and was just amazed by the brilliance I came across in his poems He served as a military correspondence during the Vietnam conflict and was right in the thicke [...]


  • I had to look up Dien Cai Dau, in GI parlance it is Dinky Dau, or Crazy Any book that sends me to the dictionary so I can understand the title is a great book Yusef Komunyakaa served in the Nam and these poems tell of his experiences They are lyrical, easily read and understood by anyone, and paint vivid pictures not just of the boy men as they went through the jungles, but also the boy men as they found entertainment and pleasure when, where they could Someone owned this book before me, and I t [...]


  • Komunyakaa delivers everything I want in a volume of poetry in this magnificent book of Vietnam War verse The language he uses are gorgeous, the poems sound beautiful when read aloud, the topic is fascinating and he has a perfect balance between narrative, images and metaphors What I found most interesting was the intersection of sex and war In poem after poem the soldiers are either remembering loves they left behind or seeking quick relief and some human contact from the Vietnamese woman.For m [...]


  • Still the best book of poetry to come out of the Vietnam War Komunyakaa takes the experiences of his personae at an angle, crafting images to reflect the various confrontations, deflections, evasions, blues memories that cycle in and out of focus The collection s structured to move the reader from the middle of the jungle to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the stunning final poem, Facing It Each of the voices is so convincing it s tempting to read the collection as autobiographical, but that s [...]


  • Yusef once a soldier Dien Cai Dau which means crazy in Vietnamese started reading poetry while serving in the army Now he writes his experiences as victims, warfare, lost friends and psychological terrains As a fan of Komunyakaa s work this is of a personal collection, like his previous collections you can pull out his surreal outtake between these lines.My overall favorite is The One legged Stool where Yusef writes a man s rage of being locked in a confinement You can almost hear him yelling.F [...]


  • I began reading this book after it was recommended to me by a PhD candidate at UH He s a published poet and works with my juniors once a week, helping them develop their own writing style and voice I am blown away by the emotion, depth, and raw descriptive power of this body of work As the daughter of a Vietnam vet, I have found this collection to be a telling narrative of what my father must have experienced yet cannot talk about in detail than 30 years later I weep for the soldiers who never [...]


  • There are gorgeous moments and beautiful language use throughout this collection I love the play with race and the treatment of African Americans, the comparisons between the treatment of the VC, the Vietnamese women, the Vietnamese citizens, and African American soldiers I loved the motif of ghosts and shadows This only gets such a low star rating from me because I m just not interested in war or history enough to fully appreciate the beauty of this collection And I know that s on me.


  • A haunting collection of emotional snapshots from the American War in Vietnam, jibing with what I ve read in veteran s accounts and from what I ve heard from veteran s accounts I think this packs a lot of emotional wallop for not a lot of print simply because the poetic imagery is so intense There are a couple of pieces at the end that evoke the aftermath of the war that are also heart stabbing.


  • i can t get through re creating the scene the poem on pages 19 20 without crying a little this book was an apt introduction to imagery i have gone back to its pages since thomas sayers ellis s seminar and now that i m constantly thinking about how verse re verses, this collection of poems is a study in creating powerful images that send the reader back to the beginning eminently powerful.


  • I have not read Komunyalaa has deeply as other poets so, it may be incorrect to callDien Cai Dau his masterpiece This collection, specifically its culminating poem Facing It , remain incredible pieces of writing Drawing from his experiences in Vietnam, Komunyakaa s poems give glimpses both visual and psychological into the conflict Finally, like all of the best art, Komunyakaa s writing sticks with you for long after it d been read.


  • You and I Are Disappearing The cry I bring down from the hillsbelongs to a girl still burning inside my head At daybreak she burns like a piece of paper.She burns like foxfire in a thigh shaped valley.A skirt of flames burns around her at dusk We stand with our handshanging at our sides,while she burns like a sack of dry ice


  • Some of these poems are specific to Vietnam veterans, some to the black experience in Vietnam, but many of them rang true to me as a white Iraq war veteran Powerful book.Side noteI ve bought this book three times, lent it to students who don t typically enjoy poetry three times, and had it walk away three times I consider that a complement to Professor Komunyakaa.


  • I have always liked Komunyakaa s poetry It s smooth, natural, and profound I love reading his poems because you think you re reading something real simple, then you get hit with something that rocks you to your core I don t know much about the Vietnam War, but reading this has made me want to learn .


  • Engaging collection of poems dealing with Vietnam A solid read, but too much metaphor for my taste K s efforts to label bits of experience as something else are too frequent, and feel too distracting to the tightly rendered narratives contained within.


  • I enjoyed this collection of poems very much My favorite poem is You and I Are Disappearing I like the repetition of, she burns, throughout the poem The imagery is really powerful and the poem triggers a lot of emotions.


  • Poems of war, specifically the Vietnam War, from an African American perspective Komunyakaa holds nothing back, these are gritty, brutal poems, and worth reading as poetry and also as a primary source for the life of an American soldier during that time.


  • I admit, I am not a learned connoisseur of poetry though I know how to spell connoisseur, so that has to count for something I am pretty good at telling crap from non crap though, and this is guaranteed non crap you heard it here first.



  • The best book of poems that I may not read again So raw and vivid and evocative of the dread and horrors of Vietnam, it s hard to put down and harder still to shake off.








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