There seems to be nothing Patricia Smith can’t write a poem about. John Lee Hooker, the word anemone, a son who ghost-writes love letters for his fellow prison inmates — her inspirations are various and dazzling. ”Let me feed on glory and grow fat,” she writes to a lover in ”Map Rappin’.” ”Let’s fill this wicked church with music.” Smith approaches the themes of love, family, and violence through accessible, graceful language in Teahouse of the Almighty and often praises her subjects — which include a murdered girl and a father with ”dimming and lying eyes, joints that smell thunder” — with a simple ”hallelujah.”
Teahouse of the Almighty There seems to be nothing Patricia Smith can't write a poem about. John Lee Hooker, the word anemone, a son who ghost-writes love letters for his fellow...Teahouse of the AlmightyFiction, PoetryPatricia Smith There seems to be nothing Patricia Smith can't write a poem about. John Lee Hooker, the word anemone, a son who ghost-writes love letters for his fellow...2006-09-22Coffee House Press
Genre: Fiction, Poetry; Author: Patricia Smith; Publisher: Coffee House Press
Posted September 22 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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