On July 10, 2020, Poetry in America was featured in The Paris Review‘s weekly round-up of staff picks. Alongside the work of novelists Marie NDiaye and Halle Butler, essayist Moyra Davey, and jazz label Pi Recordings, The Paris Review staff spotlights Poetry in America’s season 2 episode on Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem “You and I Are Disappearing.”
The poem is composed as a catalogue of similes, resurrecting the memory of seeing a young girl burning alive and bringing to mind Nick Ut’s famous wartime photograph. Komunyakaa reads aloud in a deep baritone, accentuating the organic musicality of the verse.”
– Elinor Hitt, The Paris Review
Featuring Secretary of State John Kerry, director Julie Taymor, composer Elliot Goldenthal, and a chorus of Vietnam War veterans, this episode explores how things experienced during war can still burn in memory and on the page decades later.