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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Blood Dazzler

It’s the sun foolin’ them, shining much too loud for sleep, making us hear engines, wheels. Questions who is there to blame in disaster, or who is at fault. We’ve seen the photos of this water logged city, now we enter through our heart, Patricia’s words take us into the eye and toss us, opening our hearts wide. This assignment of will is called theory of mind, a uniquely human ability to give to an inanimate object or concept the same power of perspective that a human has.

What I couldn’t get over is the fact that not a single poem engenders a sense of hope. Can’t help but believe when he tells us, Wait. The hurricanes become as much a part of this place as the people and the land itself.

It was a great read for someone just starting to get their feet wet in the world of poetry. Patricia Smith, a persona poet, focuses on detail and individual stories from differing perspectives. I like these poems better as well. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the dying, their survivors, and the voice of the hurricane itself, Smith follows the woefully inadequate relief effort and stands hlood to families held captive on rooftops and in the Superdome. Her son Herbert, who had assured his mother that help was on pstricia way, was forced to leave her there once she died.


I can’t believe I let this book sit on my shelf for two years. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Perhaps it’s the intractability of the water, or the demotic voices in some of Smith’s poems. Ophelia nibbled weirdly on the tips of depressions.

Smith allows everyone the chance to speak past the images that still haunt us. Visit her website at nlood.

Patricia Smith (poet)

Each of the 34 voices is distinct dszzler haunting. Could there be other rain, laced with the slick flick of electric and my own pissed boom? May 21, Willj rated it really liked it. The collection contains poems about the urban areas of Chicago and Detroitdiscussing themes of first love, Motown, personal narrative, and cultural journey. Without pausing the strum strum of milk in the bucket, Wayne simply reached over and grabbed the rat through the pant leg, daszler it bkood quick bone-crushing squeeze, then shook the whiskered corpse out onto the floor.

Jun 22, Sarina rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. After a few pages of more abstract poetry, I have now met a dog dogs are profoundly empathetic protagonists who has been set to an enormous challenge.

I thought my hea https: Dec 25, Erin rated it it was amazing. Patricia Smith is hailed as the first African-American woman to publish a weekly metro column for the Boston Globe. The rain falls and the people of this world continue to spin their memories and sing from their rooftops while they wait for help that may never come.

Don’t cry, boy, I ain’t in that chair no more. 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. When are they coming to save us? Smith enters pain like no other, and does so deftly through often the controlled spaces of formal verse.


Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

Donna Seman from Booklist praised this collection, saying that it is “a supremely arresting and affecting match of potent images and singing words. You must not know my name. Feb 18, Ms. Views Read Edit View history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See 1 question about Blood Dazzler…. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it. Retrieved 23 April In third person persona the city of New Orleans: It was a brilliant work by Patricia Smith.

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. She was amazing in person, a true spoken word diva. He wipes my brow with steam, says I should sleep. Their noise, crazy roar, eats invective.

Wilma opened her maw wide, flashing rot. Patricia Smith, on my short list of greatest living poets, blends poems of almost journalistic fact full accounts, direct quotations, and found letters with poems of surrealism, imagination, nightmares, and dreams- creating perhaps the most complete and powerful documentation of Hurricane Katrina dazsler published. So I huff a huge sulk, thrust out my chest, open wide my solo swallowing eye.

Excerpted from Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith.

Fabrications found in column”. 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.