Teahouse of the Almighty: Poems

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Coffee House Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 91 pages
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A National Poetry Series winner, chosen by Edward Sanders.

“What power. Smith's poetry is all poetry. And visceral. Her poems get under the skin of their subjects. Their passion and empathy, their real worldliness, are blockbuster.”—Marvin Bell

“I was weeping for the beauty of poetry when I reached the end of the final poem.”—Edward Sanders, National Poetry Series judge

From Lollapalooza to Carnegie Hall, Patricia Smith has taken the stage as this nation's premier performance poet. Featured in the film Slamnation and on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, Smith is back with her first book in over a decade—a National Poetry Series winner weaving passionate, bluesy narratives into an empowering, finely tuned cele-bration of poetry's liberating power.

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Rooted in performance, the poems in this "National Poetry" series winner from a four-time national poetry slam champion demonstrate the everlasting power of poetry. (LJ 7/06) Read full review


Building Nicoles Mama
Giving Birth to Soldiers
It Had the Beat Inevitable

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Patricia Smith is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the 2007 Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. A record-setting, four-time national poetry slam champion, she was featured in the film Slamnation, on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, and is a frequent contributor to Harriet, the Poetry Foundation's web log.

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