Winner, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in the Poetry category Winner, 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winner, 2018 BCALA Best Poetry Award Winner, 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner, Abel Meeropol Award for Social Justice Finalist, Neustadt International Prize for Literature Finalist, 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
One of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape, Patricia Smith fearlessly confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of mothers in her compelling new collection, Incendiary Art. She writes an exhaustive lament for mothers of the "dark magicians," and revisits the devastating murder of Emmett Till. These dynamic sequences serve as a backdrop for present-day racial calamities and calls for resistance. Smith embraces elaborate and eloquent language "her gorgeous fallen son a horrid hidden / rot. Her tiny hand starts crushing rosesone by one / by one she wrecks the casket’s spray. It’s how she / mournsa mother, still, despite the roar of thorns" as she sharpens her unerring focus on incidents of national mayhem and mourning. Smith envisions, reenvisions, and ultimately reinvents the role of witness with an incendiary fusion of forms, including prose poems, ghazals, sestinas, and sonnets. With poems impossible to turn away from, one of America’s most electrifying writers reveals what is frightening, and what is revelatory, about history.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
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About the Author
PATRICIA SMITH is a National Book Award finalist (2008) and the author of six critically acknowledged volumes of poetry. Her awards and honors include the 2014 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress, the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award. A formidable performer, Smith has read her work at venues all over the United States and around the world. She is a Cave Canem faculty member, an associate professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College M.F.A. program.
Table of Contents
INCENDIARY ART CONTENTS
That Chile Emmett in That Casket Enigma of the Shadowbox Swine Incendiary Art BlessBlessed Emmett Till: Choose Your Own Adventure The Then Where 11 Incendiary Art: Chicago, 1968 Reemergence of the Noose Emmett Till: Choose Your Own Adventure ReBirthday Incendiary Art: Birmingham, 1963 Runaway 10-year-old shot three times, but she’s fine Emmett Till: Choose Your Own Adventure Hey, who you got in here? Incendiary Art: Los Angeles, 1992 Black, Poured Directly Into the Wound No Wound of Exit
See What Happens When You Don’t Be Careful Incendiary Art: Ferguson, 2015 Emmett Till: Choose Your Own Adventure
II. When Black Men Drown Their Daughters The Five Stages of Drowning Sentencing Why the Verdict Just Don’t Sound Right IV, V Meanwhile the Mother When Black Men Drown Their Daughters
III. Accidental Sagas of the Accidental Saint IV: Shooting Into the Mirror Elegy The First 23 Minutes of the First Day Without Requiem And He Stays Dead Emmett Till: Choose Your Own Adventure