The National Book Award finalists were just announced by Scott Turow via live web video (watch), and Harriet emeritus Patricia Smith. Blood Dazzler By Patricia Smith Hardcover, 90 pages. Coffee House Press List price: $ SIBLINGS Hurricanes, Arlene learned to. BLOOD DAZZLER is a tale of the storm we should have seen coming and the sociopolitical firestorm left in its wake. Based on Patricia Smith’s award-winning.

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It moves from rant to celebration, from satire to tragedy. I particularly enjoyed the poems written in the voice of the hurricane. And it is stunning. For the most part, I struggle with the rest of the poems. After the reading, I approached her. Don’t cry, boy, I ain’t in that chair no more. The earth and its water. And see my golden chair? It was a brilliant work by Patricia Smith. Like much of her poetry, this collection draws upon her roots in Chicago during the s, recounting lessons learned through the hardships and glamour of Motown.

McFaul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once I realized that the poems would be released as a book, I admit that being accused of appropriation was my biggest worry. Smith allows everyone the chance to speak past the images that still haunt us. This list is incomplete ; you can help by zmith it.


Blood Dazzler

Views Read Edit View history. These people challenged Smith to make a commitment to her writing. Smith gives a voice to a few, but there are so many more that were lost.

One would think that the disaster that Katrina and the Bush Administration imposed upon New Orleans would be another such disaster but Patricia Smith has proven that poetry, at least in her hands, is equal t Right after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I heard an interview with Billy Collins on public radio.

Feb 16, Kallie Quist rated it it was amazing.

World Literature Todayvol. Some poems are told from the perspective of the storm, some from the perspective of people in the city, etc. As an editorial assistant at the Chicago Sun-Times in the late s, she wrote a review of a concert that she had not attended.

Best to praise this sun, shinin’ its dry shine. Share via Social Media. Fabrications found in column”. For Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah she won the Lenore Marshall Prizepresented by the Academy of American Poets in recognition of “the most outstanding book of poetry” published in America the previous year.

Now think how America sees you: Smith’s words are beautiful, evocative, and hea My creative writing instructor recommended this book when I told her I hadn’t really connected emotionally to a lot of poetry that I’ve tried reading. The words climb all over each other, providing a million ways of seeing the same static moment. When help comes, it will be young men smelling like cigarettes and Chevys, muscles boys with autumn breath and steel baskets just the right size for our souls.


The next thing I notice is that several of the poems take on the persona of Katrina herself, as though the storm were a person.

Patricia Smith was born in in Chicago, Illinois. I thought my heart was going daazzler give out when I read about the nursing dazzldr residents who drowned. Some people think that you’re crazy. Lawd, they think I done gone and fell asleep. They turn your beseeching to vapor. I dxzzler that story, written in that terse and factual journalistic prose, and was immediately accosted by the plaintive wails, the feel of humidity on the skin, the sudden darkness, the sour smell of drenched bedding.

These poems are a true force of nature. Is this the best way to tell me a story? This book is heartbreaking and gorgeous. Best of the Small Presses. Together, these individual fragments allow for a much more sophisticated look at the event of Katrina.

Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

Smith’s words are beautiful, evocative, and heart breaking. Lawd, some folks prayin’ for rain while they wait, forgetting what rain can do.

May 21, Willj rated it really liked it. Irene, the baby girl, threw pounding tantrums.

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