Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Speak Now, Or Forever. Hold Your Peace." by Patricia Smith

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May 30, 2018

Speak Now, Or Forever. Hold Your Peace.

Patricia Smith

About This Poem


"Where else, under the thin guise of renewing their human-to-human vows, could stiffly-garbed patriots commit romantically to each other with their firearms by their sides? We're all living in a twenty-four-hour Walmart; it's 2:43 a.m., and, once again, common sense is not for sale. And as for using 45's popular, stomach-churning refrain as the core of the ghazal—how could I not?"
—Patricia Smith


Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (TriQuarterly Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Book Prize, the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Poetry, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. She also authored Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, given by the Academy of American Poets. A professor at the College of Staten Island and at Sierra Nevada College's MFA program, she lives in Howell, New Jersey.


Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths


Poetry by Smith


Incendiary Art

(TriQuarterly Books, 2017)

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