Every poem is the story of itself.Pure conflict Its own undoing.Breeze of dreams, then certain death from History Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico Garc a Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel from within It can lead the artist toward revelation, but it must also, Lorca says, accept and evenEvery poem is the story of itself.Pure conflict Its own undoing.Breeze of dreams, then certain death from History Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico Garc a Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel from within It can lead the artist toward revelation, but it must also, Lorca says, accept and even serenade the possibility of death Tracy K Smith s bold second poetry collection explores history and the intersections of folk traditions, political resistance, and personal survival Duende gives passionate testament to suppressed cultures, and allows them to sing.
Duende Every poem is the story of itself Pure conflict Its own undoing Breeze of dreams then certain death from History Duende that dark and elusive force described by Federico Garc a Lorca is the creativ

  • Title: Duende
  • Author: Tracy K. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781555974756
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Tracy K. Smith is the current Poet Laureate of the United States. Earlier this year I read her Pulitzer winning collection Life on Mars, which features eclectic poems that make one think about the current goings on in society. Prior to Life on Mars, Smith had published two other award winning collections of poetry. The second such collection, Duende, gets its inspiration from a Frederico Garcia Lorca poem and play set in Andalusia, Spain. Winning the James Laughlin Award as a top second poetry c [...]

    2. Tracy K. Smith is officially the best poet I've ever read, bar none. She has such a clear, clarion, captivating voice that manages to be so many things at once - modern but pays homage to past poets; conversational but lyrical; verbose without feeling long-winded; pointed and political without being aggravating; and so much more. This book is 10 years old and still manages to anticipate so many of the cultural hot points facing us today, from treatment of POC to police violence to political igno [...]

    3. Smith's work is marked by intelligence, heart, and spiritual questioning. The mix of personal concerns with the larger world appears seamless. I return to this book again and again.

    4. A 2007 volume of poems that explores various aspects of Lorca'stheory of duende. In Spanish, it means elf or mischievous spirit.It looks death in the eye in all things and is earthy and passionate.It is much more elucidated by Lorca's essay, but for this book thatis probably enough. From on poem, "The earth is dry and they livewanting./Each with a small reservoir/of furious music heavy in thethroat." A long poem that is a tribute to women in Uganda that survivedthe war in which many women were e [...]

    5. From the collection:Diego,Winter is a boa constrictorContemplating a goat. Nothing moves,Save for the river, making its waySteadily into ice. A state ofconsternation.My limbs settle into stony disuseIn this city full of streetlampsAnd unimaginable sweets.I would rather your misuse, your beardSmelling of some other woman'sIdle afternoons. Lately, the heart of meHas grown to resemble a cactusWhose one flower blooms one night onlyUnder the whitest,The most disdainful of moons.

    6. her poems always leave me in awe. this is the second collection I've read from Smith and she's such an incredibly powerful and moving poet. I just want to re-read her poems and listen to her read her poetry and just sit mesmorized by her wording, descriptions, and the emotions she evokes in the poems.

    7. Between the poem in this collection titled "When Zappa Crashes My Family Reunion," and the entirety of her follow-up collection "Life on Mars," it is clear that Smith is a poet inspired by music. And that makes sense. Everything she writes has a very lyrical sense to me, the way that sometimes songs don't make sense, but you can feel their meaning. I suppose poetry and music aren't that far apart.I've read Smith's other work, her two other collections of poetry, her memoir, and am very much look [...]

    8. There are a couple poems that I loved ("In Brazil" and "The Nobodies"). Most of them, though, lacked contextual clues in the poems to give me an entry point, a basis upon which to relate. Perhaps there was an intent on Smith's part, but neither did I read anything to suggest a reason to "otherize" the reader (or a particular kind of reader). Instead, such poem either seem to be obtusely ambiguous or to be an "inside" poem between friends. I really wanted to enjoy these poems more because she doe [...]

    9. I would rate this somewhere between 3.5 and 4 starsThe cover reflects the content well: this is a messy, emotional mash-up of poetry. Some of focuses on hard-hitting, real-life tragedies around the world, a few poems are internal ruminations on love, and several While this isn't a stream-of-consciousness collection, there isn't an clear-cut order in how they appear in the text. Even taking it slowly, reading one poem at a time, can be a little overwhelming. Each poem is full of pain. This book l [...]

    10. A beautiful collection by our new poet laureate. Obviously I love all the Lorca references, but I was even more impressed by Smith's quietly, relentlessly political themes and subjects. She threads the difficult needle of being relevant and current and still remaining personal and grounded in emotions other than just rage, which is truly a Herculean feat, and one that has earned her my great respect.

    11. Some very good stuff in here by our current Poet Laureate. Worth returning to it someday, so perhaps should be rated more highly. The general collection is relentlessly emotional in a somewhat predictable way.

    12. In an essay examining Federico García Lorca’s well known though not always well articulated concept of duende, Tracy K. Smith writes: “Unlike the Muse or Angel, which exists beyond or above the poet, the duende sleeps within the poet, and asks to be awakened and wrestled, often at great cost.” With such a risk taking place, successful results should be as impressive. Thus it was a brave move to title her second book, Duende, since the expectations will be high. So far, Smith has met and [...]

    13. The glory of Tracy K. Smith is she does the every day impossible. She takes what is heavy and dense, difficult and unwieldy, and makes it buoyant, never sacrificing art for brevity, nor honesty for dramatic flair. The glory of Tracy K. Smith is that she leads us to somewhere new and alive, somewhere totally recognizable yet different and let's us decide what to do with it. DUENDE envelopes you in the air of all that is foreign. Then she writes of characters from worlds we recognize: the elder, t [...]

    14. Tracy K. Smith's first collection, The Body's Question, but I'll be tracking a copy down to spend some more time enjoying the modulations of her strong, subtle voice. It's no surprise that this book won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Whether Smith is writing about politics, a classic film, the remains of an 18,000 year old species of tiny human discovered on a remote Indonesian island, marriage and its discontents, or the late Flamenco guitarist* Camarón de la [...]

    15. I'm horribly opinionated about poetry, and I hate being asked to read friends' poetry because it is so awkward when I hate it, which is a distinct possibility, given that I am so unaccountably picky. But I really do enjoy reading poetry that I like, and I liked these poems very much, particularly the ones in the middle section (II). I was a bit leery of the poem that references Zappa in the title and quotes a few Zappa lyrics, but I wound up liking that one, too. Smith won the James Laughlin awa [...]

    16. Having adored Tracy K. Smith's first collection, The Body's Question, and having been lucky enough to take a writing workshop with her a few years back, I was thrilled to learn that Tracy had recently released a new collection entitled Duende. She did not disappoint. Tracy K. Smith's poems are always teetering on the edge of two ideas--lushness and simplicity, storytelling and mystery, danger and joy--and walking that poetic tight rope alongside her is pure bliss. Read it! These are very good po [...]

    17. The opening poem, "History," goes on for 10 pages, and yet there is no sense of dawdling. Every line is so perfectly fitting with surprising language and formation, that I wish it were even longer. Smith creates entire worlds in her poems that I read over and over again so as to inhabit them. Her style is moody and dark, but her words are delicate and feel fragile in their arrangements. To close the book feels like waking from a dream; that is how transporting her words are. The images she creat [...]

    18. Tracy K. Smith is a master of pacing. Short lines, empty page space, breaks, enjambments—you hear from the page how these poems should be recited. There was a kind of comfortIn the other women.Lost girls survivingBy the smallest acts.The ones who lastedWere strong. The onesWho didn’t were someOf the best of us. Would haveBecome something valuableIn another place. ….What time does not heal, it destroys.I beat a rug and my own body stiffens with the memory. “Into the Moonless Night” (64- [...]

    19. These poems are best when they are politically or socially aware ("History", "Into The Moonless Night"), or at least other-focused ("The Nobodies"). The weakest poems are in section II, which seem to be confessional, relationship poems for the most part. Who really cares. But Smith does articulate ideas using novel language.

    20. It's interesting to see in which direction Smith takes the art of duende, as opposed to the way in which Garcia Lorca introduced the form. If one can call duende a form, more an idea. Duende challenges while it breaks your heart. These are hard poems, but one can't take ones eyes away. One must see. One must feel.

    21. i've had some trouble reading poetry lately, and this brought me right back. there is something local and universal that tracy does - her writing is so patient and attentive. the first long poem in the book is amazing! as usual, though, i wish i knew what was on the cutting room floor of this collection.

    22. subtle, conscious"There is always a road,The sea, dark hair, dolor""What did your hand mean to smoothAcross the casket of your belly?What echoed there, if not me--""If wind on the horizon,Thundering the trees,Making all of our houses small--"

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