Patricia Smith

Black History Month Day 13.

Patricia Smith is a contemporary poet who combines personal with political to tell powerful stories. She is a consummate performer.
The following poem appears in her hurricane Katrina poem collection, Blood Dazzler, which tells the hurricane’s detailed story.

By Patricia Smith (1955-)

Hurricanes, 2005

Arlene learned to dance backwards in heels that were too high.
Read the poem here.

Listen to her read “Siblings” here.

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