Check out today's entry on Poetry Daily and tell me what you think. I'm torn.

Originally Published: April 2nd, 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...

  1. April 2, 2007
     d.e.

    uh, eww! i'm off to take a shower now.

  2. April 2, 2007
     J. Bryan Shoup

    The word "dukedom" is somewhat unpleasant in and of itself.
    This reads somewhat like a piece of Spam I've gotten recently.

  3. April 2, 2007
     Brian Hadd

    There is not a lot of kinetic energy. I like the form though. The final phrases are the only area where I see the poem moving forward. As I said though, the phrases themselves are beautiful.
    The Hood Company

  4. April 2, 2007
     J. Bryan Shoup

    Hrm.
    He demonstrates by storm the properties of his echoes,
    by example the heaviness of his spiders.
    He wraps me in his art du bonheur,
    in his protocols and grammars,
    his guilds of water, in the gallantry
    of his mistakes, and in the diagrams of his purgation.

    And then the poet inhales two lungs of clove and puffs it in my face. Maybe it's me, but every turn of phrase that grabs me (and there are a few in particular that make me envious), there are two that make me wonder if she was just stringing impressive words together at random.

  5. April 3, 2007
     Catherine

    It's too easy. If I read a line like, "Flags snap in pride, but pride flags in the fire" I'm expecting sarcasm, wit something more self-aware on the line level following.

  6. April 4, 2007
     Brian Hadd

    The flag line is not the best. I am envious of the weight of spiders, demonstrating by storm the properties of an echo, and the use of a language I don't know.
    The Hood Company