Lighthead Summary
Terrance Hayes

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Lighthead Overview

Lighthead, by Terrance Hayes, is a collection of poetry that covers a wide range of topics pertaining the cultural history and personal experience. From the book's fictional titular character to a diverse cast of prominent historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Fela Kuti, and Wallace Stevens, Hayes navigates the intersectionality of his own identity and the world. This collection explores many major themes, including the inescapability of time, history as voice, the different forms of hunger, the failures of language and expression, and absence as presence.