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Duende: Poems Paperback – May 29, 2007
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unexpected, like a candle flickering in a window in a midnight street.
the images follow you as you walk away.
Smith's work hops from image to image, heavily relying on nature, creating impersonal, disjointed, and dark poems. In the poem Diego, she begins, "Winter is a boa constrictor/Contemplating a goat. Nothing moves,/Save for the river, making its way/Steadily into ice. A state of consternation." Her strong beginnings fade and fail to make connections with the tangible, or in some cases, with itself. Still, several of her poems do speak clearly. In Poem in Which Nobody Says "I Told You So," she describes the duende that lurks in love: "Lust is real. Love/is the momentary lapse of treason."
Duende is a B+ effort, with a lot of potential. If Smith can tighten her images and learn to bring her readers back home after the long journey, she will be a powerful voice on many political and social issues.
She has definitely, got my attention. I have started trying to write poetry myself.
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I enjoyed reading Tracy K. Smith's "Duende". While reading the book I experienced a number of different emotions, those being angry, sad, frustrated, confused, intrigued and... Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by T. Wiles
Although the word Duende, from my research, alludes to something mystical and fantasy-like, the images that Tracy K. Read morePublished on November 15, 2007 by Alesha Johnson
How does she do it? I'm in awe of Tracy K. Smith's intellect and heart. Her ability to weave the questions of our time, the beginning of history, and a personal lyric together in... Read morePublished on October 28, 2007 by Susan Rich
I enjoyed this book. Smith's use of imagery was powerful. Also, the variety in the formatting of each poem made it more interesting and captured my attention immediately. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by A. Jackson