Teahouse of the Almighty (National Poetry)

By Patricia Smith

A nationwide Poetry sequence winner, selected through Edward Sanders.

“What energy. Smith’s poetry is all poetry. And visceral. Her poems get below the surface in their topics. Their ardour and empathy, their actual worldliness, are blockbuster.”—Marvin Bell

“I was once weeping for the wonderful thing about poetry whilst I reached the tip of the ultimate poem.”—Edward Sanders, nationwide Poetry sequence judge

From Lollapalooza to Carnegie corridor, Patricia Smith has taken the degree as this nation’s most popular functionality poet. Featured within the movie Slamnation and at the HBO sequence Def Poetry Jam, Smith is again together with her first publication in over a decade—a nationwide Poetry sequence winner weaving passionate, bluesy narratives into an empowering, finely tuned cele-bration of poetry’s freeing power.

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