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Author Smith, Patricia, 1955- author.

Title Incendiary art : poems / Patricia Smith.

Publication Info. Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2017.
©2017

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 Moore Stacks  PS3569.M537839 I53 2017    Available  ---
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"--Publisher.
Contents Incendiary -- When black men drown their daughters -- Accidential -- Shotting into the mirror.
Subject Till, Emmett, 1941-1955 -- Poetry.
Till, Emmett, 1941-1955.
African Americans -- Poetry.
African Americans.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Added Title Poems. Selections
ISBN 9780810134331 (paperback alkaline paper)
0810134330 (paperback alkaline paper)
9780810134348 (electronic book)
Standard No. 99971475772