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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth; 1st edition (September 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944072240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944072240
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Smith's second collection of poetry reflects upon relationships, street life, and worlds familiar and unfamiliar. In these glimmering poems, the language itself comes alive and touches the soul, demonstrating why Smith is a popular performance poet. She is a master at overlaying vivid scenes with compassionate concern: "He wades brown rivers,/ struggles against the flat faces of mountains,/ his traveling blues off-key and furious,/ sung out to the woman who shrivels in a wooden bed,/ wrapped in sheets bleached blue and bitter,/ the fever eating her alive,/ her heart twisted and cramped in its shrinking pocket." Reading Big Towns, Big Talk is like witnessing the blues tugging at the heart; it shows how we can obtain insight into the lives of everyday people. This fine collection is recommended for major poetry collections.
- Lenard D. Moore, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake Cty., N.C.
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Smith's second collection of poetry reflects upon relationships, street life, and worlds familiar and unfamiliar. In these glimmering poems, the language itself comes alive and touches the soul, demonstrating why Smith is a popular performance poet. She is a master at overlaying vivid scenes with compassionate concern: "He wades brown rivers,/ struggles against the flat faces of mountains,/ his traveling blues off-key and furious,/ sung out to the woman who shrivels in a wooden bed,/ wrapped in sheets bleached blue and bitter,/ the fever eating her alive,/ her heart twisted and cramped in its shrinking pocket." Reading Big Towns, Big Talk is like witnessing the blues tugging at the heart; it shows how we can obtain insight into the lives of everyday people. This fine collection is recommended for major poetry collections. - Lenard D. Moore, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake Cty., N.C.

"This Woman is powerful." -- The Village Voice Literary Supplement

"A vigorous, impressive talent." -- Booklist

 "Patricia Smith's work is direct, colloquial, inclusive, adventuresome." -- Gwendolyn Brooks

"[These] poems sweat up the pages, caress the reader's eyes, set fire to the books they're printed in. Her language arcs in triumph, uniting tongue ear mind and eye. Words alive, bounce'n'jive -- there's a deep eloquence in the Soul and it's hers." -- Bob Holman 

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By Andrew Malone on October 23, 2013
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Patricia is a beast (it's a term of endearment actually) ! Sometimes it feels like you're reading a novel. You just get lost in the storytelling, and it's not so abstract where you are left feeling a empty.

Love you Patricia!!!
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More About the Author

Patricia Smith is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection, and Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. A professor for the City University of New York and a Cave Canem faculty member, she lives in New Jersey with her husband, Edgar Award-winning novelist Bruce DeSilva, her granddaughter Mikaila, and two humungous dogs, Brady and Rondo.

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