Kelli Russell Agodon has a great post about going to see the poet Patricia Smith, author of Blood Dazzler, and how inspired the reading left her. She meditates a bit on Smith’s reading style and delivery. She says, “Patricia was nothing like the dull, dry, uncaring poet that has/might be/is the stereotype of what is wrong with poetry readings. She is the comet when you were expecting a clear night and no rain. She is the unexpected hug when you were expecting a handshake.”
Kelli’s post has links to Smith’s website. Dave Bonta’s Moving Poems site has some great videos here.
Patricia Smith was part of an AWP panel on collaboration, and her collaborative work sounded just as fascinating as her work on the printed page. I hope I have the chance to see her read her poems in a live performance at some point. I’ll keep my eyes open for the opportunity.