Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is an American poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist. She has published multiple poetry collections and has received numerous awards for her work, including the National Poetry Series award for her book 'Teahouse of the Almighty'. Her poetry often explores urban life, culture, and social issues.


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  1. 1. Blood Dazzler

    The book is a powerful collection of poems that vividly captures the devastating fury of Hurricane Katrina as it ravaged New Orleans in 2005. Through a blend of voices, including that of the hurricane itself, the poems explore the physical and emotional impact of the disaster on the city's vulnerable populations, the government's inadequate response, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of such overwhelming tragedy. The work serves as a poignant commentary on race, class, and the relationship between humans and nature, offering a raw and haunting look at one of the most catastrophic events in recent American history.

    The 8327th Greatest Book of All Time