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Duende: Poems

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Publisher Comments:

Every poem is the story of itself.

Pure conflict. Its own undoing.

Breeze of dreams, then certain death.

                      --from "History"

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.

Review:

"'Federico Garca Lorca famously described duende in relation to flamenco music, but understood it as the dark wellspring for any artistic endeavor. As interpreted by Smith in her Laughlin Award — winning second collection, duende is the unforgiving place where the soul confronts emotion, acknowledges death and finds poetry. Smith writes from various unconsoled spaces, where '[k]nowledge is regret' and '[e]ach word is a wish.' About the view from a failing marriage, Smith says: 'I liked best/ When there was nothing/ That I could/ Or could not see.' These 30 poems are roving, alluding to diverse countries and political situations, often shifting perspectives and locations abruptly between sections. Identity and history are often sources of pain, and Smith adopts various marginalized personas (Flores Woman, Persephone, John Dall, Ugandan girls sold into wifedom) unhinged by displacement. Identity politics bleed into personal lyric, where the poet admits, 'I am not/ What you intend me to be.' Writing in the voice of a Ugandan girl, Smith says, 'Somewhere in every life there is a line./ One side to the other and you are gone./ Not disappeared but undone.' Although the site of undoing may well be the source of duende, the poet's lyric brilliance and political impulses never falter under the considerable weight of her subject matter. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

About the Author

TRACY K. SMITH is the author of The Body's Question. She received a Whiting Writers' Award in 2005 and a 2004 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

I.
History

Flores Woman

The Searchers

September

Letter to a Photojournalist Going-In

 

II.

El Mar 

Astral
Minister of Saudade

I Don't Miss It

Igor at Gunpoint

Diego, 

Western Fragment 

After Persephone

To Burn with a Low Blue Flame

One Man at a Time

Poem in Which Nobody Says, "I Told You So" 

Now That the Weather Has Turned

Duende

 

III.

Slow Burn

Interrogative 

When Zappa Crashes My Family Reunion

Theft

"I Killed You Because You Didn't Go to School and Had No Future"

"Into the Moonless Light"

The Opposite of War

Costa Chica

In Brazil 

Vaya, Camarón

Nocture, Andalusian Dog 

The Nobodies

 

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555974756
Author:
Smith, Tracy K
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Author:
Smith, Tracy K.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9.23 x 5.85 x 0.31 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Federico Garca Lorca famously described duende in relation to flamenco music, but understood it as the dark wellspring for any artistic endeavor. As interpreted by Smith in her Laughlin Award — winning second collection, duende is the unforgiving place where the soul confronts emotion, acknowledges death and finds poetry. Smith writes from various unconsoled spaces, where '[k]nowledge is regret' and '[e]ach word is a wish.' About the view from a failing marriage, Smith says: 'I liked best/ When there was nothing/ That I could/ Or could not see.' These 30 poems are roving, alluding to diverse countries and political situations, often shifting perspectives and locations abruptly between sections. Identity and history are often sources of pain, and Smith adopts various marginalized personas (Flores Woman, Persephone, John Dall, Ugandan girls sold into wifedom) unhinged by displacement. Identity politics bleed into personal lyric, where the poet admits, 'I am not/ What you intend me to be.' Writing in the voice of a Ugandan girl, Smith says, 'Somewhere in every life there is a line./ One side to the other and you are gone./ Not disappeared but undone.' Although the site of undoing may well be the source of duende, the poet's lyric brilliance and political impulses never falter under the considerable weight of her subject matter. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
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