Award-winning Columbia native poet returns home to promote his new book
Terrance Hayes, award-winning author of "How to Be Drawn," wants this book to explore how people see themselves and how they're seen by others.
Ann Humphries, a blind, professional poet, is moved by Hayes's work because it feeds her imagination.
Hope Spillane, Hayes's ninth grade English teacher, is proud that her student has become a nationally recognized poet.
By Kenneil Mitchell CAROLINA REPORTER & NEWS
Terrance Hayes, a poet and a MacArthur Foundation Fellow who burst onto the poetry scene with great acclaim and fanfare, sees words as all-consumingfood for the soul.
"PoetryiskindoflikefoodsoifI'mworkingonitreallyhard, I'llforgettoeat,” Hayessaid. “Butnotthatmanypeoplewouldsaythat, including peopleIknowwho'vedevotedtheirlivestopoetry."
Hayes, an EnglishprofessorattheUniversityofPittsburghandauthorof a new poetry collection, “HowtoBeDrawn,” arrivedtoloud applauseattheUniversityofSouthCarolinaHollingsSpecialCollectionsroom on Thursday.
“HowtoBeDrawn” is a 2015 National Book Award Finalist and the 2015 NAACP Image Award Winner for Poetry. Hayesexplainsthetitleasanexplorationonhowweseeourselvesandhowweareseenbyotherpeople.
Hayessaysmanypoemsareinspiredfrom his years growing up in Columbia.
"Ithinkalotofmypoemsnowevenhave,like,earthanddirtinthembecauseIlivedinaplacethatwasn'tquiteasdeveloped," said Hayes, who graduated from Coker College.