I I don't know when this video was filmed, although it looks to be about 10 years ago. What I do know: this is Marc Smith, inventor of the poetry slam, devil or angel, miracle worker or madman, love 'im or hate 'im. This is what he does that made me do what I do.
I'm positively weepy watching this.

Originally Published: July 31st, 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), winner of an NAACP Image Award; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American...

  1. August 1, 2007
     didi menendez

    what a way to start hump day...

  2. August 1, 2007
     Mark Eleveld

    Marc Smith on the Poetry Foundation website? I think the Earth is exploding. The video is closer to twenty years old, 1988-9ish, small cable station in Chi. If you keep digging in those selections, you can find former Poetry Magazine editor Joe Parisi and Marc on Chicago Tonight together (along with Rita Dove); the show is hosted by John Calloway who pushes some good buttons.