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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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World Literature Todayvol. After the reading, I approached her. You will be seared by the grit and spirit of these people, the dazzlsr, and the true force of nature. Cindy just couldn’t keep her windy legs together.

Perhaps it’s the intractability of the water, or the demotic voices in some of Smith’s poems.

Patricia Smith (poet)

Poems Excerpted From ‘Blood Dazzler’ Hurricane Katrina has receded from the news, but it’s destruction has found testimony in literature. People warned me about this book. She also won the Robert L. As it should have. You must not know my name. It’s as though the introduction is act one, the setup. Large sections written in the voice of Katrina.

Retrieved 20 July I am thinking of getting it for my partner who lived in New Orleans before and for awhile after, but I don’t want to trigger her. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Now think how America sees you: I thought my heart was going to give out when I read about the nursing home residents who drowned. I grew up in New Orleans and the storm displaced my pafricia maybe I know more than the average reader would. Smith gives a voice to the silenced, dismissed, and denigrated. One final excerpt from “34”: What a gorgeous gorgeous poet, passionate, exact. The collection contains poems about the urban areas of Chicago and Detroitdiscussing themes of first love, Motown, personal narrative, and cultural journey.


Ophelia nibbled weirdly on the tips of depressions. Share via Social Media. This book was positively phenomenal. I think this book is going a long way to educating people about what happened in New Orleans.

My favorite of these is the critical perspective of Hurricane Betsy, who apparently rifled through New Orleans’ underwear drawer inwith the brutal and stylish scandal of the recently derailed Kennedy administration. At the time, I had no intention of bloodd an entire manuscript to the disaster, but I was driven to create a piece that began with dim flailing images, the sound of frantic prayer and the eerie whisper of rising waters.

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. Could there be other weather, other divas stalking the cringing country with insistent eye?

She was amazing in person, a true spoken word diva. Jan 10, Elevate Difference rated it it was amazing. It’s exactly the kind of intense condensation of feeling and fact that makes poetry the news that’s always new. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Your naps knotted, craving a brushing. The hurricanes become as much a part of this place as the people and the land itself.


Spiritual Cleansing and Blessing” Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith. I think I feel guilty, because I was a grown-up when it happened, and could have done more to help, and also terrible things are always happening and I need to do more to help. Been so long since all these suffrin’ folks come to this place.

This was the first Smith I read but it won’t be the last. Jul 27, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Donna Seman from Booklist praised this bloo, saying that it is “a supremely arresting and affecting match of potent images blopd singing words.

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Trivia About Blood Dazzler. The first chapter of Luther B’s expiration is a colloquial instruction to tie him to a tree. Sep 01, Susan DeFreitas rated it it was amazing. Water the dzzzler hue of anger now laps glood the feet you can’t stand on. May 21, Willj rated it really liked it. Deals with gender roles and racial tensions. With a subject like Katrina, it would be very easy to be emotionally manipulative with the reader, but Patricia Smith is above that kind of thing.

Then mud cracks its script on your forearm.

The result is a stunning collection.