Every poem is the story of itself.
Pure conflict. Its own undoing.
Breeze of dreams, then certain death.
Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico García Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel from within. It can lead the artist toward revelation, but it must also, Lorca says, accept and even serenade the possibility of death. Tracy K. Smith’s bold second poetry collection explores history and the intersections of folk traditions, political resistance, and personal survival. Duende gives passionate testament to suppressed cultures, and allows them to sing.
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Review: DuendeUser Review - Sara Habein - Goodreads
Tracy K. Smith is always great. I'm always glad to read her books. Read full review
Review: DuendeUser Review - SA - Goodreads
Some of these poems made me gasp a breath; other's made me tilt my head. Either way, a challenging, interesting volume of poetry that established Smith as a young poet of my generation. Read full review