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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Smith appears to be that rarest of creatures, a charismatic slam and performance poet whose artistry truly survives on the printed page. Present at the creation of the slam in early-'80s Chicago and included in seminal films and anthologies, Smith (Big Towns, Big Talk, 1992) receded from the scene in recent years after her career as a newspaper journalist ended in scandal. This National Poetry Series — winning volume marks a triumphal return, showing an energetic writer with four urgent subjects. She depicts endangered children. She celebrates sex and sexuality, from the public display of celebrities to the power of the female orgasm: 'Don't hate me because I'm multiple.' She considers the heritage of black American art, in musical performance and in writing. Finally, she describes the experience of performance itself, with all its pride and embarrassment: 'Angry, jubilant, weeping poets... we are all/ saviors, reluctant hosannas in the limelight.' Several poems also animate the troubled lives of famous blues singers; elsewhere, a mother considers how her incarcerated son became a 'jailhouse scribe.' A superb variety of lines and forms — short and long, hesitant and rapid-fire — gives the book additional depth. Smith even offers fine advice: 'Breathe/ like your living depends on it.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"Smith writes the way Tina Turner sings."--E. Ethelbert Miller

Synopsis:

Poetry. African American Studies. TEAHOUSE OF THE ALMIGHTY is Patricia Smith's fourth book of poetry. A record-setting, four-time national poetry slam champion, Smith has been featured in the film "Slamnation" and on the HBO series "Def Poetry Jam". "TEAHOUSE OF THE ALMIGHTY is searing, honest, well-crafted, and full of the real world transformed by Patricia Smith's fine ear for nuance and the shaking of the soul's duties. I was weeping for the beauty of poetry when I reached the end of the final poem"-- Edward Sanders. "Patricia Smith is a powerful poet whose work gets stronger with each book. She will knock your socks off"--Stephen Dobyns. Winner of the National Poetry Series.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566891936
Author:
Smith, Patricia
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
114
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.3 in 6.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Smith appears to be that rarest of creatures, a charismatic slam and performance poet whose artistry truly survives on the printed page. Present at the creation of the slam in early-'80s Chicago and included in seminal films and anthologies, Smith (Big Towns, Big Talk, 1992) receded from the scene in recent years after her career as a newspaper journalist ended in scandal. This National Poetry Series — winning volume marks a triumphal return, showing an energetic writer with four urgent subjects. She depicts endangered children. She celebrates sex and sexuality, from the public display of celebrities to the power of the female orgasm: 'Don't hate me because I'm multiple.' She considers the heritage of black American art, in musical performance and in writing. Finally, she describes the experience of performance itself, with all its pride and embarrassment: 'Angry, jubilant, weeping poets... we are all/ saviors, reluctant hosannas in the limelight.' Several poems also animate the troubled lives of famous blues singers; elsewhere, a mother considers how her incarcerated son became a 'jailhouse scribe.' A superb variety of lines and forms — short and long, hesitant and rapid-fire — gives the book additional depth. Smith even offers fine advice: 'Breathe/ like your living depends on it.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
"Smith writes the way Tina Turner sings."--E. Ethelbert Miller
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. African American Studies. TEAHOUSE OF THE ALMIGHTY is Patricia Smith's fourth book of poetry. A record-setting, four-time national poetry slam champion, Smith has been featured in the film "Slamnation" and on the HBO series "Def Poetry Jam". "TEAHOUSE OF THE ALMIGHTY is searing, honest, well-crafted, and full of the real world transformed by Patricia Smith's fine ear for nuance and the shaking of the soul's duties. I was weeping for the beauty of poetry when I reached the end of the final poem"-- Edward Sanders. "Patricia Smith is a powerful poet whose work gets stronger with each book. She will knock your socks off"--Stephen Dobyns. Winner of the National Poetry Series.
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