Devotions (Phoenix Poets)

Devotions (Phoenix Poets)

Bruce Smith


within the arms of Bruce Smith, devotions are short-term stops to hear the motor of heritage. they're meditations and provocations. they're messages acquired from the chatter of the road and from transmissions as far-off as Memphis and al-Mansur. announcements and interruptions come from brutal elsewheres and from the internal the place tune places electrodes at the physique to take an EKG. those poems stopover at excessive faculties, laundromats, hotels, movies, and goals so as to degree the yankee starvation and thirst. they're attracted to the issues we profess to carry most respected in addition to what's unstated and unbidden. whereas we're riding, whereas driving a bus, whereas receiving a choice, whereas passing via an X-ray computing device, the non-public is intersected—sometimes violently, occasionally tenderly—with the hum and buzz of the tradition. The tradition, even if ny or Tuscaloosa, Seattle or Philadelphia, earlier or current, contains the load of race and "someone's thought of beauty." The poems differ among the 2 poles of "lullaby and homicide" earlier than taking a vow to stay on the earth, to seem correct and left, to attend and to witness.

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