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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The Complete Winners List”. She was amazing in person, a true spoken word diva. One day my father was in the barn where Wayne was milking the cows. The book is both a group of individual poems and a single vast song. And see my golden chair? The rain falls and the people of this world continue to spin their memories and sing from their rooftops while pattricia wait for help that may never come.

Sep 26, Bekah rated it really liked it. Wayne was a farmer’s farmer’s farmer. Don’t cry, boy, I ain’t in that chair no more.

Blood Dazzler

So powerful and depressing. 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.


For starters, the collection is about Hurricane Katrina, and carries with it all the impotent rage and wonderment that such a natural disaster inspires. She lives in Howell, New Jersey. Personification poems about Hurricane Katrina. Breast pushes hard past your buttons. After all, bad things happen to black folks all the time — dazzlrr one was just riveting to watch. I think everyone in the United States should read this book. At the root of it was the fact that most of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina were poor and black, a fact that dazzlee in the eyes of many — made the tragedy much less important.

It’s really hard to call a book such as this beautiful, but that’s what it is despite the cruelty that’s unfolding throughout pages. It’s the sun foolin’ them, shining much too loud for sleep, making us hear engines, wheels.

Patricia Smith (poet)

Smith enters pain like no other, and does so deftly through often the controlled spaces of formal verse. You must not know my name. Absolutely beautiful language that made me feel horribly guilty.

Our elderly are often thought of as disposable. Every word was chosen carefully and perfectly placed. However, I was hoping the collection would teach me or articulate something new about Katrina and its aftermath. Smith reading at the Library of Congress. November 12, 3: I thought my hea https: As you descend from the heavens, dazzoer choose to head for the questions.


What to Tweak, Siblings and Katrina were the best. This scene became Smith’s social circle as well as her recreational exercise, but after patrricia for a while, people began to view Smith’s poems as literature rather than just performance.

It was a patricai read for someone just starting to get their feet wet in the world of poetry. In a world full of tragedy, it is easy to feel removed from it, to see it as a distant echo.

Blood Dazzler | Patricia Smith

Get me out this chair, help me stand on up. Ain’t no white men or buses come, but look — see that there? Smith also introduces a dog named Luther B, patgicia owner chained him up outside with lots of food and water because they couldn’t bring him and planned to be right back. There is one on Voodoo, a series of tankas.

Could there be other rain, laced with the slick flick of electric and my own pissed boom? Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.