By Ken Tucker
Updated February 09, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

In For the Confederate Dead, Kevin Young pays tribute to people and things he admires, from the poet Gwendolyn Brooks to jazz great Lionel Hampton to America itself.

Sample Verse
”America, you won’t obey./You won’t hunt/or heel or stay./America,/you won’t do/anything I want you to./(To tell the truth,/I like that about you.)”

Bottom Line
Ceaselessly charming, inventive, conversational yet rigorous poems.

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