Just stumbled in from the first day of a residency with 9th and 10th graders. I am beyond exhausted. I had to dig beneath a veritable mountain of Uggs, belly rings, retro jerseys, Sidekicks and Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirts to reach the kids, but they were there. I'd forgotten how good this feels. More later.
And here's a literary journaI I like a lot: Redivider, out of Emerson College in Boston.
And my husband's still in London, and will be for another week, so I'm a little weepy.
And one of the students challenged me to write a persona poem in the voice of the Vietnam War.
I love this life.

Originally Published: March 13th, 2007

Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017); Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle...