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Smith's promising first collection of poems draws from her experiences growing up--``growing tall tangled in bitter root''--on Chicago's segregated West Side during the race-torn '60s. There, the music of Motown defined cultural identity and sexuality, and, Smith says, ``I was the supreme mistress of Motown, wise in the ways of love, pretending I knew why my blue jeans had begun to burn.'' Sexual imagery suffuses many of these sense-oriented poems, and her voice rises undiminished from an unknown depth. It might rise from her heart: ``I would carefully place my left hand / in the hollow at the center of my chest / and work while it rested there''; or from somewhere inside an erotically ravished yet pleasured body--``my feet are tangled with hair, my ears are gone. / My back is curving and my lips have grown numb.'' Always in Smith's poetry is a man who symbolically inspires her onrush of words. In her best poems, such as the confessional ``The Poetry Widow,'' a male muse plays the music that accompanies her song.

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About the Author

Patricia Smith was born and raised on Chicago's West Side.
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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Tia Chucha; 1 edition (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962428728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962428722
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I haven't the language to tell you what this book has done for me. All I can say is in these words I have found the quiet resolve to continue putting pen to paper in a world where everything screams stop. Her words rise off pages, sit next to you, and ask "Why won't you use me for beauty like she does?" I can tell you that when I first read this book sitting alone on the EL, I turned to the woman next to me and told her " Look, I know you don't know me and I don't know you but HEY you need to read this RIGHT NOW cause this woman know us both..."
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I could go on and on about how this book has changed the way that Ithink about writing or how I am blown away by the way this woman uses language but it won't matter until you've read it yourself. I am so thankful that God has given this woman these words to write because she has now given me the inspiration to take the words that God has given me and write. I think that if you are looking for a book of poetry that is dripping with real emotion and real stories you need to get this book and all of her books. Poetry Widow is a standout piece that still gives me chills everytime I read it. THANK GOD FOR PATRICIA SMITH!
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