By Bruce Smith
In the fingers of Bruce Smith, devotions are temporary stops to hear the motor of heritage. they're meditations and provocations. they're messages acquired from the chatter of the road and from transmissions as far away as Memphis and al-Mansur. announcements and interruptions come from brutal elsewheres and from the internal the place song places electrodes at the physique to take an EKG. those poems stopover at excessive colleges, laundromats, lodges, motion pictures, and goals so one can degree the yankee starvation and thirst. they're attracted to the issues we profess to carry Most worthy in addition to what’s unstated and unbidden. whereas we’re riding, whereas driving a bus, whereas receiving a decision, whereas passing via an X-ray laptop, the non-public is intersected—sometimes violently, occasionally tenderly—with the hum and buzz of the tradition. The tradition, no matter if ny or Tuscaloosa, Seattle or Philadelphia, previous or current, incorporates the weight of race and “someone’s suggestion of beauty.” The poems differ among the 2 poles of “lullaby and murder” ahead of taking a vow to stay on the earth, to appear correct and left, to attend and to witness.
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