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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Tammy crooned country, getting the words all wrong. So powerful and depressing. Jun 22, Sarina rated it it was amazing. Feb 18, Ms. When help comes, it will be young men smelling like cigarettes and Chevys, muscles boys with autumn breath and steel baskets just the right size for our souls. Some poems are told from the perspective of the storm, some from the perspective of people in the city, etc.

Dec 29, Tristan rated it it was amazing Shelves: For Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah she won the Lenore Marshall Prizepresented by the Academy of American Poets in recognition of “the most outstanding book of poetry” published in America the previous year. Ethel Freeman, a woman whose body was left to rot in her wheelchair; the thirty-four bodies of the men and women left to drown in St.


Aug 17, Craig rated it really liked it. I can see it coming, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

The hurricanes become as much a part of this place as smoth people and the land dazzlfr. Gold in your molars and earlobes. Harvey hurled a wailing child high. I like these poems better as well. 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. I saw her read here in LA in a night at the Getty, and had to buy her book.

Vince died before anyone could remember his name. Lists with This Book. Each poem moves seamlessly into the next, creating a work much more effective than it’s component parts.

Can’t help but believe when he tells us, Wait. You must not know my name. It’s this hope that’s the essence of story. I think this book is going a long way to educating people about what happened in New Orleans.

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 bloid it than what survives untouched.

She condemns Katrina for roaring through like a man. For days, I’ve been offered blunt slivers of larger promises — even flesh, my sweet recurring dream, has been tantalizingly dangled before me.


Blood Dazzler

There is one on Voodoo, a series of tankas. Ain’t but one power make me leave my son.

Smith destroys the idea that tragedy happens to those who are Other, to those who are far away echoes. Blood Dazzler is a collection of poetry dzzler New Orleans and hurricane Katrina. Mar 16, Jonathan Tennis rated it it was amazing. Personification poems about Hurricane Katrina. Now think how America sees you: Her many accomplishments include a Guggenheim fellowshipacceptance as a Civitellian, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, and two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize.

See 1 question about Blood Dazzler…. Their noise, crazy roar, eats invective.

Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

May 19, Karen rated it it was amazing. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Lee just craved the whip.

You can see why this was nominated for the National Book Award. At the time, I had no intention of devoting 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.