Monday, September 1, 2008

Blood Dazzler: Poems by Patricia Smith is Out! September 1, 2008

Blood Dazzler
Poems by Patricia Smith
Coffee House Press
Trade Paperback
90 Pages
$16.00 List Price
Order from the Author:
$16.00 + $2 S&H
This book will arrive signed by the author.

In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina as it transforms into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical Depression Twelve developed, through August 28 when it became a Category 5 storm with its “scarlet glare fixed on the trembling crescent,” to the heartbreaking aftermath, these poems evoke the horror that unfolded in New Orleans as America watched on television.

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 witness to the immeasurable losses. An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be “news that stays news,” Blood Dazzler serves not only as a memorial, but as a necessary step toward national healing.

BLOOD DAZZLER Book Release Party
Friday, September 5, 2008
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 14, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Book release party with D. Nurske
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St. (one blk east of Broadway btwn Houston & Prince)
New York, NY

Dodge Poetry Festival
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 8:00am
Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 4:00pm
Waterloo Village
Stanhope, NJ

From the soul-shattering drama of everyday life evident in news headlines to the liberating and uplifting power of poetry . . . Smith’s pieces are underscored by a reverence for the raw drama and passion of human existence.
World Literature Today

Spiritual and gutsy, Patricia Smith's satirical poems lay New Orleans bare, with Katrina at the driving wheel..."Blood Dazzler" is a document of feelings whose tinges of the blues capture an urgent witnessing through the natural empathy embedded in praise, woe, and awe.
—Yusef Komunyakaa

With her radiant powers of empathy, her fiercely acute ear for the musical possibilities of American speech, and her undiluted rage, Patricia Smith makes in Katrina's wake a sorrowful, unflinching and glorious book.
—Mark Doty

...full of capricious soul and formal inventiveness....I consider this new book a major literary event.
—Terrance Hayes

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