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'The Blue Terrance'

"Ultimately I'm interested in a Whitmanesque notion of poetry," says the Columbia, S.C.-born Terrance Hayes. He is the author of Hip Logic and Muscular Music and the recipient of several awards, including the Whiting Writers Award and the Pushcart Prize.

Hayes teaches creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. The following selection is taken from his latest collection, Wind in a Box.

To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the Academy of American Poets. Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.

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