By Patricia Smith

In minute-by-minute element, Patricia Smith tracks typhoon Katrina because it transforms right into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical melancholy Twelve constructed, via August 28 while it turned a class 5 typhoon with its “scarlet glare fastened at the trembling crescent,” to the heartbreaking aftermath, those poems evoke the horror that opened up in New Orleans as the USA watched it on television.

Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the loss of life, their survivors, and the voice of the storm itself, Smith follows the woefully insufficient aid attempt and stands witness to households held captive on rooftops and within the Superdome. She provides voice to the thirty-four nursing domestic citizens who drowned in St. Bernard Parish and recollects the day after their deaths whilst George W. Bush observed kingdom singer Mark Willis on guitar:

The cowboy grins during the negative din,
And within the 9th, a choking lady wails
Look like this nation performed left us for dead.

An unforgettable reminder that poetry can nonetheless be “news that remains news,” Blood Dazzler is an important step towards nationwide healing.

Patricia Smith is the writer of 4 earlier collections of poetry, together with Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. A record-setting, nationwide poetry slam champion, she was once featured within the movie Slamnation, at the HBO sequence Def Poetry Jam, and is a common contributor to Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s web publication. stopover at her web site at

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