Patricia Smith doesn’t read her poetry. She performs it. Her performances fuse poetry and acting into something distinctly, well, distinctly Patricia Smith.
Her performances aside (for the moment), consider her literary accomplishments.
She’s the author of six collections of poetry: Life According to Motown (1991); Big Towns, Big Talk: Poems (1992); Close to Death (1993); Teahouse of the Almighty (2006); Blood Dazzler (2008); and Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012).
She’s written a children’s book, Janna and the Kings (2003) and is the co-author of Africans in America (1998), the companion book for the television series by WGBH.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.