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’s cruel and I hate it which means I love itand I hope and hope that in the end his survival is the one touch of God’s grace in this flood of suffering. So I huff a huge sulk, thrust out my chest, open wide my solo swallowing eye.

Blood Dazzler | Patricia Smith

Get me out this chair, help me stand on up. I saw her read here in LA in a night at the Getty, and had to buy her book. Feb 18, Ms. For me, that story was the one of the thirty-four St. Thanks, Megan, for lending me this one. Look thereI tell my son. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to oatricia. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Retrieved 20 July After the reading, I approached her. Smith enters pain like no other, and does so deftly through often the controlled spaces of formal verse.

Would read again, over and over and over again. I read that story, written in that terse and factual journalistic prose, pagricia was immediately accosted by the plaintive wails, the feel of humidity on the skin, the sudden darkness, the sour bloor of drenched bedding. I thought my heart was going to give out when I read about the nursing home residents who drowned. Jan 10, Elevate Difference rated it it was amazing.


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Bush accompanied country singer Mark Willis on guitar: Patricia Smith is amazing as always, heart and blood and sinew and rage filling these poems of different forms, all swirling around the tragedy known as Katrina. Deals with gender roles and racial tensions.

Poems Excerpted From ‘Blood Dazzler’

Their noise, crazy roar, eats invective. To read these poems and not be affected is impossible.

I don’t remember much about Katrina, since I was young when it happened and far north of the disaster, but this book of poems made me realize how real and terrible the storm was. This list is incomplete ; you can patricis by expanding it.

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Patricia Smith (poet) – Wikipedia

With the deaths of those thirty-four people, an insistent tribute took shape, trying to push silenced voices to the surface. Smith’s poems give voice to the thousands of black males in New York City, Chicago, and Boston who have run out of options and expect to lose their lives without first given a chance to live. The poem “Boy Dies, Girlfriend Gets His Heart” is about an actual event where a fifteen-year-old boy gave his heart to his girlfriend, and in another poem, Smith discusses her views on religion and her Baptist upbringing.

Wish some trees would block this sun. Excerpted from Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith. No trivia or quizzes yet. There we were, as a country, standing at the juncture of blatant incompetence, commercial greed, political cluelessness and barely veiled racism. Smith reading at the Library of Congress. After all, a hurricane that killed and displaced thousands of poor mostly black folks had nothing whatsoever to do with them.

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 to the task. And yet, these things are wild. We’ve heard about those who died in the nursing home, here we lie with them as the water rises.


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. And when I did, I realized how many voices, how many visions, I had internalized. The collection sings of the pain and glory of Katrina, the way that majesty can be more destruction than invention and more about what doesn’t live through it than what survives untouched.

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I loved this collection-hurricane as woman, the inclusion of Betsy, the focus on place and actual people. Large sections written in the voice of Katrina. There is groundbreaking work occuring down there still, and I think Smith misses the mark because she does not include any of this. Smith, Patricia Fall—Winter Smith has contributed to various notable anthologies including Unsettling America: In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina as it transforms into a full-blown mistress of destruction.

Blood Dazzler

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. Some people think that you’re crazy. In dazzlet person persona the city of New Orleans: