Blood Dazzler

ISBN-10: 156689218X

ISBN-13: 9781566892186

Edition: 2008

Authors: Patricia Smith

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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 Five 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 it 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 families held captive on rooftops and in the Superdome. She gives voice to the thirty-four nursing home residents who drowned in St. Bernard Parish and recalls the day after their deaths when George W. Bush accompanied country singer Mark Willis on guitar: The cowboy grins through the terrible din, *** And in the Ninth, a choking woman wails Look like this country done left us for dead. An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be "news that stays news," Blood Dazzler is a necessary step toward national healing. Patricia Smith is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. A record-setting, national poetry slam champion, she was featured in the film Slamnation, on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, and is a frequent contributor to Harriet, the Poetry Foundation's blog. Visit her website at
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 90
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Prologue: And Then She Owns You
5 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2005
11 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2005
5 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2005
7 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2005
Why New Orleans Is
Man on the TV Say
Only Everything I Own
Voodoo I: Love and Passion
Wont Be but a Minute
8 a.m., Sunday, August 28, 2005
Company's Coming
The Dawn of Luther B's Best Day
10:30 a.m., Sunday, August 28, 2005
She Sees What It Sees
What Was the First Sound
Luther B Rides Out the Storm
Gettin' His Twang On
Up on the Roof
Voodoo II: Money
What to Tweak
Michael Brown
M'Dear Thinks on Luther B
Voodoo III: Gambling and Lucky Lotto
Don't Drink the Water
The President Flies Over
Voodoo IV: Power and Domination
Dream Lover
Voodoo V: Enemy Be Gone
Ms. Thang Sloshes in the Direction of Home
Ethel's Sestina
Didn't Need No Music, Neither
Their Savior Was Me
Voodoo VI: Healing
Looking for Bodies
Voodoo VII: Develop Psychic Powers
Back Home
Remembering to Sing
What Betsy Has to Say
Luther B Ascends
Golden Rule Days
Give Me My Name
Voodoo VIII: Spiritual Cleansing and Blessing
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