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Slam, Dunk, & Hook

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Slam, Dunk, & Hook

By: Yusef Komunyakaa

Poem
1 Fast breaks. Lay ups. With
on our sneakers,
We outmaneuvered the footwork
Of bad angels. Nothing but a hot
5 Swish of strings like silk
Ten feet out. In the
our bodies
Created, we could almost
Last forever, poised in midair
10 Like storybook sea monsters.
A high note hung there
A long second. Off
The rim. We'd corkscrew
Up & dunk balls that exploded
15 The skullcap of hope & good
Intention. Bug-eyed, lanky,
All hands & feet...sprung rhythm.
We were when girls
Cheered on the sidelines.
20 Tangled up in a falling,
Paraphrase
Poetic Devices
Allusions
Structure
Free verse poem
One stanza consisting of 40 short lines with many enjambments.
No rhyme scheme and is not metered.
A descriptive poem because the poem describes an intense basketball game and how it relates to racism back then in the south.
Poet
Mercury, the Labyrinth, and sea monsters are all allusions to Greek mythology
Mercury (god of traveling) shows the speed of both the players and the game
The Labyrinth depicts the complexity and intensity of this vigorous basketball game.
The sea monsters describe the players on the team
Muscles were a bright motor
Double-flashing to the metal hoop
Nailed to our oak.
When Sonny Boy's mama died
25 He played nonstop all day, so hard
Our backboard splintered.
Glistening with sweat, we
& rolled the ball off our
Fingertips. Trouble
30 Was there slapping a blackjack
Against an open palm.
Dribble, drive to the inside, feint,
& glide like a sparrow hawk.
Lay ups. Fast breaks.
35 We had moves we didn't know
We had. Our bodies spun
On swivels of bone & faith,
Through a lyric slipknot
Of joy, & we knew we were
40 Beautiful & dangerous.
Vocabulary
Labyrinth
roundhouse
Mercury's
Insignia
metaphysical
jibed
Mercury: Roman god of travel with winged feet
Insignia: A badge or emblem usually distinguishing rank
Roundhouse: Area on a basketball court underneath the hoop
Labyrinth: Maze
Metaphysical: Beyond physical; spiritual
Jibed: To change course or direction
Thanks For Watching!
Lines 1-23
An intense basketball game between two teams with players making layups, shooting threes, and dunking, while people in the sidelines cheered.
Lines 24-31
Mood becomes more sinister after a flashback to a player called Sonny Boy, whose mom had died, so he played basketball constantly to relieve stress and grief
Lines 32-40
Tone reverts to more hopeful and positive as the poem describes the players movements and skills in basketball.
Players realize that they have power and were stronger than they imagined
Imagery
Alliteration
Similes
Personification
1 Fast breaks. Lay ups. With
Insignias on our sneakers,
We outmaneuvered the footwork
Of bad angels. Nothing but a hot
5
Ten feet out. In the roundhouse
our bodies
Created, we could almost
Last forever, poised in midair
10 Like storybook
A high note hung there
A long second. Off
The rim. We'd corkscrew
Up & dunk balls that exploded
15 The skullcap of hope & good
Intention. Bug-eyed, lanky,
All hands & feet...sprung rhythm.
We were metaphysical when girls

20 Tangled up in a falling,
Muscles were a bright motor
Double-flashing to the metal hoop
Nailed to our oak.
When Sonny Boy's mama died
25 He played nonstop all day, so hard
Our backboard splintered.
Glistening with sweat, we
off our
Fingertips.
30
Against an open palm.


Lay ups. Fast breaks.
35 We had moves we didn't know
We had. Our bodies spun
On swivels of bone & faith,
Through a lyric slipknot
Of joy, & we knew we were
40 Beautiful & dangerous.
Yusef Komunyakaa born on April 29, 1947, in Bogalusa, Louisiana during the Civil Rights movements
Began writing poetry in 1973 at the University of Colorado Springs
Dedication and other Darkhorses, and Lost in the Bonewheel Factory
Became renowned poet in 1984 after publishing a collection of poems called Copacetic
Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Resides in New York City as a Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University's graduate creative writing program
Mercury's
Labyrinth
sea monsters.
jibed
& rolled the ball
Dribble, drive to the inside,
& glide
Cheered on the sidelines.
Swish of strings like silk
like a sparrow hawk.
Trouble
Was there slapping a blackjack
Trouble slapping a blackjack shows personification since trouble is inanimate and not alive
Can not literally slap blackjacks, like humans can.
Giving human-like characteristics to trouble
Cheering on the sidelines is auditory imagery
Changing directions, rolling the basketball, dribbling, and shooting are all visual imagery
Swish of strings like silk contains a repeated "s" sound
Also contains an onomatopoeia because the word swish describes what the net sounds like
Like a sparrow hawk is a simile that compares the way the players "glided" to the hoop, just like a sparrow hawk
Shows the swiftness and speed of the players
Talking about racial equality for all because the basketball game is actually describing the struggle throughout history to stop racism
The players initially are hopeful and confident, but as they encounter obstacles in life, they grow pessimistic. In the end, these players learn to grow strong to overcome these impediments.
Theme is that even in the face of grief and adversity, all people must find a way to overcome it and grow stronger through learning and experience.
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