30 POETS, 30 DAYS

“Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa

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Yusef Komunyakaa writes movingly about his Vietnam War experience in his poem “Facing It.” The “It” in Komunyakaa’s poem refers both to the war and the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The poet has won many honors for his writing including a Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa was recorded reading this poem on a visit to Minnesota in 2011.

Aired: 03/28/17

Rating: NR

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