Blood Dazzler

Author: Patricia Smith

Publisher: Coffee House Press

ISBN: 1566893658

Category: Poetry

Page: 90

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In minute-by-minute detail, Patricia Smith tracks Hurricane Katrina as it transforms into a full-blown mistress of destruction. From August 23, 2005, the day Tropical Depression Twelve developed, through August 28 when it became a Category Five storm with its “scarlet glare fixed on the trembling crescent,” to the heartbreaking aftermath, these poems evoke the horror that unfolded in New Orleans as America watched it on television. Assuming the voices of flailing politicians, the dying, their survivors, and the voice of the hurricane itself, Smith follows the woefully inadequate relief effort and stands witness to families held captive on rooftops and in the Superdome. She gives voice to the thirty-four nursing home residents who drowned in St. Bernard Parish and recalls the day after their deaths when George W. Bush accompanied country singer Mark Willis on guitar: The cowboy grins through the terrible din, *** And in the Ninth, a choking woman wails Look like this country done left us for dead. An unforgettable reminder that poetry can still be “news that stays news,” Blood Dazzler is a necessary step toward national healing. Patricia Smith is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. A record-setting, 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 blog. Visit her website at www.wordwoman.ws.
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The Best American Poetry 2011

Series Editor David Lehman

Author: Kevin Young,David Lehman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439181497

Category: Poetry

Page: 211

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An anthology of contemporary poets presents works that reflect the diversity in American poetry
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Passwords Primeval

20 American Poets in their Own Words

Author: Tony Leuzzi

Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.

ISBN: 1934414964

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Passwords Primeval sets aside the artificial boundaries of poetry "schools" and "movements" to cut to the art of the matter. Tony Leuzzi's astounding knowledge of poetry draws new insights from such luminaries as Billy Collins, Gerald Stern, Jane Hirshfield, Patricia Smith, and Martín Espada. These new interviews provide insights into the poets and their poems without losing any of their mystery. Whether you're looking for deeper understanding of your favorite poets or simply interested in the lives of contemporary artists, Passwords Primeval reveals the interconnectedness of these masters whose voices echo each other from opposite ends of the same canyon.
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The News from Poems

Essays on the 21st-Century American Poetry of Engagement

Author: Jeffrey Gray,Ann Keniston

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472053183

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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The News from Poems examines a subgenre of recent American poetry that closely engages with contemporary political and social issues. This “engaged” poetry features a range of aesthetics and focuses on public topics from climate change, to the aftermath of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the increasing corporatization of U.S. culture. The News from Poems brings together newly commissioned essays by eminent poets and scholars of poetry and serves as a companion volume to an earlier anthology of engaged poetry compiled by the editors. Essays by Bob Perelman, Steven Gould Axelrod, Tony Hoagland, Eleanor Wilner, and others reveal how recent poetry has redefined our ideas of politics, authorship, identity, and poetics. The volume showcases the diversity of contemporary American poetry, discussing mainstream and experimental poets, including some whose work has sparked significant controversy. These and other poets of our time, the volume suggests, are engaged not only with public events and topics but also with new ways of imagining subjectivity, otherness, and poetry itself.
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American Literature in Transition, 2000–2010

Author: Rachel Greenwald Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108548652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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American Literature in Transition, 2000–2010 illuminates the dynamic transformations that occurred in American literary culture during the first decade of the twenty-first century. The volume is the first major critical collection to address the literature of the 2000s, a decade that saw dramatic changes in digital technology, economics, world affairs, and environmental awareness. Beginning with an introduction that takes stock of the period's major historical, cultural, and literary movements, the volume features accessible essays on a wide range of topics, including genre fiction, the treatment of social networking in literature, climate change fiction, the ascendency of Amazon and online booksellers, 9/11 literature, finance and literature, and the rise of prestige television. Mapping the literary culture of a decade of promise and threat, American Literature in Transition, 2000–2010 provides an invaluable resource on twenty-first century American literature for general readers, students, and scholars alike.
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Southern Cultures: Southern Waters Issue

Volume 20: Number 3 – Fall 2014 Issue

Author: Harry L. Watson,Jocelyn Neal

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469615959

Category: History

Page: 144

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In the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures… From mullet fishing on Brown's Island to shrimping on the Gulf Coast, from recreation on the Great Lakes of the South to coastal tourism in the Sunbelt and tramping in the swampy lowlands of eastern NC, we take a look at tourism's vital role in regional economies and the challenges of conservation and sustainability. Also in this issue, Andrew W. Kahrl examines the Sunbelt's foundation, "plac[ing] the coast at the center of the story and seek[ing] to understand how beaches came to reflect and influence broader changes in the region's cultures and political economy." Christopher J. Manganiello details the rise of dams on the Savannah River, which now block the migration of shad and sturgeon. "What did the shoals look like when the lilies bloomed?" he asks. "And…what would it be like to witness the great shad migrations and fishing parties of the past?" Ian Draves addresses that question by exploring the Tennessee Valley Authority's impact on tourism, and John James Kaiser chronicles the battle over rate hikes and regulated energy from North Carolina's Southern Power Company (now Duke Energy). David Cecelski's annotated photo essay, "An Eye for Mullet," provides witness to Brown's Island Mullet Camp. The photos, taken by Charles Farrell in 1938, reflect a time when fish dealers in Morehead City, N.C., "loaded so many barrels of salt mullet on outbound freight cars that local people referred to the railroad as 'the Old Mullet Line.'" Bernard L. Herman and William Arnett offer another visual take on water through the work of artists including Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, and Thornton Dial Jr. ALSO! Poetry by Patricia Smith; and a short recollection by Bland Simpson on the swamps of his youth.
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L-vis Lives!

Racemusic Poems

Author: Kevin Coval

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608461580

Category: Poetry

Page: 120

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FROM THE POET the Chicago Tribune calls “the new voice of Chicago,” comes L-vis Lives!, a bold new collection of poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture. L-vis is an imagined persona, a representation of artists who have used and misused Black music. Like so many others who gained fame and fortune from their sampling, L-vis is as much a sincere artist as he is a thief. In Kevin Coval's poems, L-vis' story is equal parts forgotten history, autobiography, and re-imaginings. We see shades of Elvis Presley, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, and meet some of history's more obscure “whiteboy” heroes and anti-heroes: legendary breakdancers, political activists, and music impresarios. A story of both artistic theft and radical invention, L-vis Lives! is a poetic novella on all of the possibilities and problems of “post-racial” American culture—where Black art is still at times only fully accepted in a white face, and every once in a while an “L-vis” comes along to step in to the void. i am a hero to most. the great hope of something other. a complex back-story. something other than the business of my father. bland’s antonym. jim crow’s black sheep. the forgotten son left to rise in the darkness among the dis carded in the wild of working class, single mother hoods. a hero who transcends who translates the dis satisfactions of the plains; kids of kurt cobain, method man amphetamine, the odd Iowan who digs dirt and lights beyond the pig yard, spits nebraskan argot, hero to the heart land, middle brow(n) america
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Obsession

Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Carolyn Beard Whitlow,Marilyn Krysl

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

ISBN: 1611685303

Category: Poetry

Page: 168

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The sestina (of medieval French origin) is a complex poetic form of 39 lines (six sestets and a three-line "envoy") in which the six end-words (teleutons) of the lines of the first sestet stanza are repeated in a specific order as teleutons in the five succeeding sestets. In the envoy, the six teleutons are again picked up, one of them being buried in, and one finishing, each line. Because of the complexity of the form, the sestina fell out of favor with poets for several decades. However, a twenty-first century revival of the form is underway. This is the first anthology of sestinas that showcases both traditional and innovative examples of the form by modern and contemporary poets, award winners, and emerging writers alike. Organized by such themes as Americana; Art; Love and Sex; and Memory, Contemplation, Retrospection, and Death, the collection also includes sestinas with irregular teleutons and unconventional sestinas. An evocative introduction by Marilyn Krysl acquaints readers with the form. The volume concludes with useful indexes of first lines and teleutons, increasing access to the poems beyond the poets' names.
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Surgical Palliative Care and Pain Management, An Issue of Anesthesiology Clinics - E-Book

Author: Geoffrey Dunn,Sugantha Ganapathy,Vincent W S Chan

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 145574266X

Category: Medical

Page: 142

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This issue of Anesthesiology Clinics brings the reader up to date on the most important advances in surgical palliative care for anesthesiology intensivists. Topics covered include recent trends and developments, palliative care of patients on high doses of narcotics, trauma in the surgical ICU, care of family in the surgical ICU, communication skills in palliative surgery, surgical palliative care in Haiti, and much more.
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The Constant Velocity of Trains

Author: Lea C. Deschenes

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1935904825

Category: Poetry

Page: 93

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Author Lea Deschenes' collection of honest, inquisitive poetry takes readers on a tour from the front steps in her native New England to uncharted jungles and beyond the edge of the universe, accompanied by Einstein, Marcus Aurelius and Rumi. Poetically, she balances precise craft with heartfelt meaning. From studies of a culture moving at the speed of light to meditations upon capital-L Love, The Constant Velocity of Trains finds its heart in relativity: the intersecting, interlocking, and often exasperating perspectives that make up reality. Lea Deschenes is flirting with perfection. It's taken much too long for her words to reach a larger audience, an audience that's been searching fruitlessly for what her work has always offered - bold glimpses of what exhilarates, frightens and moves us. -Patricia Smith, "Blood Dazzler" Lea Deschenes throws the well-aimed stone of her poetry through the glass houses of hypocrisy and human coldness... she is at all times intelligent, tender, and wedded to the quest for self-knowledge...There's wisdom at work, and at play, in this book. -Alicia Ostriker, "No Heaven" every poem feels entirely free to find its own voice, its own form. ...this latest volume adds an absolute precision in charting our emotional minefields; a wisdom and a surety of touch that make these poems utterly convincing. -Jack McCarthy, "Good Night"
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Spiking the Sucker Punch

Author: Robbie Q. Telfer

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1935904930

Category: Poetry

Page: 97

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In Spiking the Sucker Punch, Robbie Q. Telfer's first published collection, the author profiles the modern comedian from the inside out - starting with the innards and moving toward a damaged laughter. His work blends surrealism and narrative, bending grammar and expectations along the way. These pieces interrogate identity, place, and lead the reader to a much higher understanding of bears. This gloriously bellowed lyrical and linguistic chaos, this a mess of crossed wires and mixed seagulls, ' will make your status quo ache, your perceptions implode, your horizons widen and shatter. -Patricia Smith, "Blood Dazzler" Robbie Q, our dazzling shooting star sparking the gritty Chicago heavens, crackling with the surprising and contradictory rhythms of life on the run and in the heat. Keep on, Brother Q, dance the dialectic, your wild inspired unruly convergence and conspiracy. -Bill Ayers, activist/educator/author In Spiking the Sucker Punch, Robbie Q. Telfer rocks out a bestiary of antic poetics all his own. In his open and generous hands, speech acts zoom in and out of our collective desire to live and love. You will feel alive again reading it. -Daniel Nester, "How to Be Inappropriate"
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Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah

Author: Patricia Smith

Publisher: Coffee House Press

ISBN: 1566893674

Category: Poetry

Page: 116

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National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith chronicles the Great Migration through Motown music and Chicago streets.
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Racing Hummingbirds

Author: Jeanann Verlee,Richard N. Swift

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1935904906

Category: American poetry

Page: 160

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Acclaimed Musician Richard Swift compiles his americana hodgepodge of recording techniques, interviews with members of Wilco, Stereolab and more along with his photos and illustrations to show life of the modern American troubadour/ Indie recording artist.
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Die 4 Prinzipien Einer Aussergewöhnlichen Führungskraft

Author: Patrick M. Lencioni

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527800824

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 168

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Das Meiste, was Rich O‘Connor als CEO der Beratungsfirma Tele¬graph Partners tat, hatte zumindest etwas mit einem der 4 Prinzipien zu tun, die auf seinem berühmt-berüchtigten »gelben Zettel« vermerkt waren. Interessanterweise wusste nur eine Handvoll Leute, was genau auf diesem gelben Zettel stand. Und so entwickelten sich diese Prinzipien zu einer Art Mysterium. Für Rich war das auch völlig okay, weil er sowieso fand, dass sie eigentlich auch niemand verstehen musste. Er hatte mit Sicherheit niemals vorhersehen können, dass dieser Zettel für einen Mitarbeiter die Grundlage für den Plan zur Vernichtung von Telegraph Partners werden würde ... Rivalität, Intrigen und Verrat – in seinem Buch DIE VIER PRINZIPIEN EINER AUSSERGEWÖHNLICHEN FÜHRUNGSKRAFT liefert Patrick Lencioni erneut eine spannende Geschichte. Dabei fokussiert er sich auf die entscheidende Rolle der Führungskraft beim Aufbau einer gesunden und reibungslos funktionierenden Organisation. Eine mitreißende Fabel mit einer starken und denkwürdigen Botschaft für alle, die eine außergewöhnliche Führungskraft werden wollen!
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Staten Island Noir

Author: Patricia Smith

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 1617751464

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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“When They Are Done with Us” by Patricia Smith was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline Brand-new stories by: Bill Loehfelm, S.J. Rozan, Ted Anthony, Todd Craig, Ashley Dawson, Bruce DeSilva, Louisa Ermelino, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Michael Largo, Mike Penncavage, Linda Nieves-Powell, Patricia Smith, Shay Youngblood, and Edward Joyce. "Staten Island, the last of New York City's five boroughs to enter Akashic's noir series, severs as the setting for this exceptionally strong anthology." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Smith’s introduction is a revelation. She knows the Island I have in my head. It was like finding a literary sibling, separated since birth." --Washington Independent "It’s not enough for noir to be dark. It’s got to be bad-ass. Its words, its decaying and horrible beauty have got to hit you like a spiked heel dragged from your guts to your gullet. It’s got to twist the hot knife of passion in that soft space right below your belly while pumping bullets into your heart. It’s got to make you bleed. Akashic Books’ latest in their noir series, Staten Island Noir features some dusky and drop-dead gorgeous gems (emphasis on the dead) that do just that." --Grub Street Daily "Staten Island is the forgotten borough, lacking a subway system, left out of Jay-Z's songs, known for organized crime, bad accents, fake tans, and garbage--which makes it a rich setting for Akashic's noir series...In a thrilling tilt-a-whirl of crime and drama, editor Patricia Smith has carefully chosen writers concerned with the true nature of the small suburban borough." --Electric Literature's "The Outlet" "Each story in this enjoyable collection has its own charms, if the words 'enjoyable' or 'charms' can be used with these dark tales, and each can stand-alone. However, if, like me, you had always looked at Staten Island as banal and benign, by the book's end your ideas will be forever changed." --ReviewingTheEvidence.com Patricia Smith, editor of Staten Island Noir, has won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for her short story included in the anthology, “When They Are Done with Us.”
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Disability and Culture

An International and Inter-Professional Perspective

Author: Patricia Smith

Publisher: Common Ground Publishing

ISBN: 9781612299433

Category: Education

Page: 204

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This book is the first of its kind to specifically look at the issues of how disability is culturally placed and contextualized in different societies. Within, it covers a range of professional, inter-professional, and international perspectives of culture and disability. It also begins to look at the cultural considerations when researching culture and disability. These cutting edge chapters written by leading practitioners, researchers, and academics raise questions and provide answers to some of the critical issues around disability and culture. In their writings, they highlight current and seminal work on this topic while providing clarity on the meaning of disability and culture in a way that opens up debate and provides resolution. This book provides a positive outlook on the topic and makes it accessible to not only academics and professionals, but also service users and students alike. The authors throughout this book largely agree that those living with disability need to be provided for in society and that this is achieved through a cultural understanding of disability in society and an understanding of self. The importance of their comments relating to these concepts are to be noted.
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Dear Future Boyfriend

Author: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 193590471X

Category: Poetry

Page: N.A

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In her celebrated debut volume, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz tackles, among other idiosyncratic topics, love ("Science"), heartbreak ("Lit"), and thieving suburban punks ("Ode to the Person Who Stole My Family's Lawn Gnome"). Quirky and funny with a subtext of social commentary, Aptowicz's writing lets the reader ride shotgun in a hilarious sprawling road trip through America's youth culture. Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a dizzying dervish of a poet, an astounding talent, a deft lyricist whose patented take on this dopey world is dazzling in its originality. Everything she encounters is fair game, and she jolts us into unexpected, delightful recognition. -Patricia Smith, "Blood Dazzler" Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a flash flood of uppercut quotes. Reading her work tempts me to lean over to the people next to me, and say, "Hey, you gotta see this." Do not miss the opportunity to absorb this woman's work, page or stage." - Buddy Wakefield, "Live for a Living"
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Poems for New Orleans

Author: Edward Sanders

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781556437427

Category: History

Page: 116

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The indomitable spirit of the people of New Orleans is the focus of this powerful suite of poems by counterculture icon Ed Sanders. The book begins with a series of vivid evocations of key events and personalities in the city’s history, then brings this colorful legacy into the present with the harrowing force of Hurricane Katrina. That natural catastrophe, multiplied by human indifference, incompetence, and greed, is explored as a watershed demonstration of the sociopolitical fissures underlying modern America. At the core of the book is the saga of the Lebage family, beginning with Lemoine Lebage, who fought with Andrew Jackson’s forces in the Battle of New Orleans and then set down roots in the city. Five generations later his descendant Grace Lebage is a singer and poet struggling to restore her life after Katrina has wrecked her ancestral home. Although the enormous, still-unfinished tragedy of Katrina suffuses Poems for New Orleans, human resilience in the face of adversity is its ultimate subject. Here is a New Orleans only glimpsed by the outside world, a place whose creativity, humor, and triumphant spirit no tragedy can overcome.
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