Annotations for Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah


Baker & Taylor
A collection of poems explores the second wave of the Great Migration.

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Perseus Publishing

Winner of 2013 Wheatley Book Award in Poetry

Finalist for 2013 William Carlos Williams Award

"Patricia Smith is writing some of the best poetry in America today. Ms Smith's new book, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, is just beautiful?and like the America she embodies and represents?dangerously beautiful. Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah is a stunning and transcendent work of art, despite, and perhaps because of, its pain. This book shines." ?Sapphire

"One of the best poets around and has been for a long time." ?Terrance Hayes

"Smith's work is direct, colloquial, inclusive, adventuresome." ?Gwendolyn Brooks

In her newest collection, Patricia Smith explores the second wave of the Great Migration. Shifting from spoken word to free verse to traditional forms, she reveals "that soul beneath the vinyl."

Patricia Smith is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. She lives in New Jersey.




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Perseus Publishing
National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith chronicles the Great Migration through Motown music and Chicago streets.


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