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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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Poems Excerpted From ‘Blood Dazzler’

The hurricanes become as much a part of this place as the people and the land itself. Smith paints Hurricane Katrina as the black sheep of hurricanes. It makes you realize how quickly we as a culture have been taught to forget. Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith.

Poems Excerpted From ‘Blood Dazzler’ : NPR

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.

Their noise, crazy roar, eats invective. The result is a stunning collection. You can only submit one rating per item, and your rating will be factored in to the item’s popularity on our listings. I believe him when he says help gon’ come. It moves from rant to celebration, from satire to tragedy.

We watch with growing trepidation the dog, Luther B, tied to a tree left behind; he returns through his owner considering him, “Bet he done broke lose. Smith enters pain like no other, and does so deftly through often the controlled spaces of formal verse. For the most part, I struggle with the rest of the poems.


Pateicia starters, the collection is about Hurricane Katrina, and carries with it all the impotent rage and wonderment that such a natural disaster inspires.

I see my savior’s face ‘longside that sun. 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. Books by Patricia Smith. I read 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 dazzlre drenched bedding.

National Book Award Finalist for Poetry Retrieved February 7, Smith gives a voice to a few, but there are so many more that were lost.

This book is incredible. Returning to Hurricane Katrina, which New Orleans could never forget with rightful reason, this collection is bold, visceral, and beautiful. But there was a damning psychological undercurrent with more strength than any storm.

Didn’t have to wait. Lists with This Book. In poem after poem, Smith makes the devastation of Hurricane Katrina relatable for everyone. Bush is just the latest in a long line of fazzler clueless politicians.

However, The Boston Globe returned the ASNE award and withdrew her from consideration for a Pulitzer Prize after the newspaper acknowledged that some of her columns contained fabricated people, events, and quotes. In addition to her poetry and journalism, Patricia Smith is also a performer in two one-woman plays and in a one-woman show called Professional Suicide. There are a few poem series in the book which are all separated throughout the book. Lawd knows I can’t wait. These poems are a true force of nature.


Jan 05, Sherry Chandler rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Patricia Smith has a fan for life. Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Franklin, farsighted and anxious, bumbled villages. Throughout the patficia she puts on a persona of Hurricane Katrina herself, and the effect is astonishing. This is my first time reading the poet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Naming and voodoo sections were my favorites. Her son Herbert, who had assured his dazzoer that help was on the way, was forced to leave her there once she died.

Wish some trees would block this sun.

Feb 16, Kallie Quist rated it it was amazing. Our elderly are often thought of as disposable.