Teahouse of the Almighty by Patricia Smith
(National Poetry)

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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.


About Patricia Smith

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Patricia Smith is the author of six acclaimed poetry volumes, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. Her work has been published in the 2011 editions of both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. In addition to her poetic works, Smith is also the author of Africans in America, a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS documentary. She is currently a professor at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, and serves on the faculties of Cave Canem and the MFA programs at Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine and Sierra Nevada College.
Published November 18, 2013 by Coffee House Press. 104 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Smith appears to be that rarest of creatures, a charismatic slam and performance poet whose artistry truly survives on the printed page.

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''Let me feed on glory and grow fat,'' she writes to a lover in ''Map Rappin'.'' ''Let's fill this wicked church with music.'' Smith approaches the themes of love, family, and violence through accessible, graceful language in Teahouse of the Almighty and often praises her subjects — which include...

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