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 obtained 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 faculties, laundromats, inns, motion pictures, and goals as a way to degree the yankee starvation and thirst. they're attracted to the issues we profess to carry most valuable in addition to what’s unstated and unbidden. whereas we’re using, whereas using a bus, whereas receiving a decision, whereas passing via an X-ray computing device, the private is intersected—sometimes violently, occasionally tenderly—with the hum and buzz of the tradition. The tradition, no matter if manhattan or Tuscaloosa, Seattle or Philadelphia, earlier or current, incorporates the load of race and “someone’s suggestion of beauty.” The poems range among the 2 poles of “lullaby and murder” ahead of taking a vow to stay on the earth, to seem correct and left, to attend and to witness.
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Devotions (Phoenix Poets) by Bruce Smith