Another Smokin’ Hot Burgher

I’ve had my eye on Pitt Alum, CMU creative writing professor Terrance Hayes since his face first showed up on the main page of the Post-Gazette last year telling me he had won a prestigious poetry award, namely the 2010 National Book Award for his poetry in “Lighthead.”

Now, he’s not a poet of the “Roses are red” variety or of the “Forsooth, to be or not to be, double double toil and trouble” variety, nor is he a poet of the [snap] [snap] [bongo beat] TRUTH! variety. Not everyone can be awesome like me. [snap!]

His poetry is wonderful to read, but more wonderful to hear performed.

Case in point:

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There’s also this:


He’s married, girls.

He’s the next official Smokin’ Hot Burgher and his crown is in the mail and by “crown” I mean this poem I wrote for him:


You make me swoon.

Why are you wearing two watches?

[bongo beat]

[takes a bow]


  1. Lee
    March 16, 2011 5:58 pm

    “Why are you wearing two watches?”

    Totally made me scroll to the top to check that out. When he answers, please pass along that info.

  2. Rachel
    March 16, 2011 6:50 pm

    Me too Lee!!

  3. Joe K.
    March 16, 2011 7:49 pm

    Interesting reading in the video with the musical accompaniment. Good stuff.

  4. Aileen
    March 16, 2011 8:55 pm

    Maybe he’s ambidextrous.

  5. Noelle
    March 16, 2011 8:56 pm

    I totally should have called this. I KNEW it in the back of my feeble mind.

  6. Noelle
    March 16, 2011 9:01 pm

    Oh, I also gotta say, between Professor Hayes and Tim Ruff, CMU has got the hot going on. I bet that hasn’t been said in looooong time.

    (It used to be said regularly that a woman student at CMU had a lot to choose from, the odds where good but the goods were odd.)

  7. ClumberKim
    March 16, 2011 10:13 pm

    He will be Poet Laureate someday.

  8. SameOld
    March 16, 2011 11:28 pm


    Really? Maybe in the dream world of affirmative action.

  9. Tam
    March 17, 2011 8:52 am

    Really? Really?

  10. bucdaddy
    March 17, 2011 10:02 am

    Confucious say: Man with one watch always know what time it is. Man with two watches never sure.

  11. HoyaSaxa
    March 17, 2011 12:09 pm

    You really want to swoon over him? Then listen to him talk about why he loves Pittsburgh at (It doesn’t give me a counter, but the part you’re looking for is about five minutes in.)

  12. ClumberKim
    March 17, 2011 8:46 pm

    @sameold: The first African-American Poet Laureate was Robert Hayden, 1976–1978.