Terrance Hayes

"Talk" and "The Blue Baraka"

Since 1968, the Folger’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series has brought some of the best writers and speakers to the Folger stage. Now, in our Line by Line series, we’re digging into our recordings of past readings to bring those poets to your headphones.

Terrance Hayes read at the Folger Shakespeare Library on February 12, 2007. Listen to him read his poems “Talk” and “The Blue Baraka.”

Terrance  Hayes’s poetry collections include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (2018); How to Be Drawn (2015, National Book Award Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist); and Lighthead (2010, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist). His most recent collection, To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight, is based on his Bagley Wright lectures. Hayes’s additional honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Published September 18, 2018. ©Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This recording was produced by Hayden Arp and Teri Cross Davis. The music is "Retrograde" by Hayden Arp. Ben Lauer is the web producer.