Duende Poems

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-05-29
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press

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Every poem is the story of itself. Pure conflict. Its own undoing. Breeze of dreams, then certain death. from "History" Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico Garcia Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel from within. It can lead the artist toward revelation, but it must also, Lorca says, accept and even serenade the possibility of death. Tracy K. Smith's bold second poetry collection explores history and the intersections of folk traditions, political resistance, and personal survival.Duendegives passionate testament to suppressed cultures, and allows them to sing.

Author Biography

TRACY K. SMITH is the author of The Body’s Question. She received a Whiting Writers’ Award in 2005 and a 2004 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

History Flores Woman The Searchers September
Letter to a Photojournalist Going-In
El Mar
Minister of Saudade I Don't Miss It Igor at Gunpoint Diego
Western Fragment
After Persephone To Burn with a Low Blue Flame One Man at a Time Poem in Which Nobody Says, "I Told You So"
Now That the Weather Has Turned Duende
Slow Burn Interrogative
When Zappa Crashes My Family Reunion Theft "I Killed You Because You Didn't Go to School and Had No Future" "Into the Moonless Light" The Opposite of War Costa Chica In Brazil
Vaya, Camarón Nocture, Andalusian Dog
The Nobodies
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