Format:
Book
Author:
Smith, Patricia, 1955- author.
Title:
Incendiary art : poems / Patricia Smith.
Publisher, Date:
Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2017.
©2017
Description:
132 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"One of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today's literary landscape, Patricia Smith fearlessly confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of mothers in her compelling new collection, Incendiary Art. She writes an exhaustive lament for mothers of the "dark magicians," and revisits the devastating murder of Emmett Till. These dynamic sequences serve as a backdrop for present-day racial calamities and calls for resistance. Smith embraces elaborate and eloquent language - "her gorgeous fallen son a horrid hidden / rot. Her tiny hand starts crushing roses - one by one / by one she wrecks the casket's spray. It's how she / mourns - a mother, still, despite the roar of thorns"--As she sharpens her unerring focus on incidents of national mayhem and mourning. Smith envisions, reenvisions, and ultimately reinvents the role of witness with an incendiary fusion of forms, including prose poems, ghazals, sestinas, and sonnets. With poems impossible to turn away from, one of America's most electrifying writers reveals what is frightening, and what is revelatory, about history"--Amazon.com.
Subjects:
Till, Emmett, 1941-1955 -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Poetry.
Genre:
Poetry.
Other Title:
Poems. Selections
Contents:
Incendiary -- When black men drown their daughters -- Accidental -- Shooting into the mirror.
LCCN:
2016036601
ISBN:
9780810134331
0810134330
Other Number:
948340216
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
1388610
Call Number:
811.54 S656I 2017
Course Reserves:
0
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1
# System items in:
1