Through her poetry, Patricia Smith generously, skillfully puts language around what can be seen both in the present and deliberately looking back at oneself. We are excited to offer this conversation between Pádraig and Patricia, recorded during the 2022 Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey. Together, they explore how memory, persona, and a practice of curiosity inform Patricia’s work, and the ways writing a poem is like writing a piece of music.
Patricia Smith is the author of nine books of poetry, including [Unshuttered] (https://bookshop.org/a/10066/9780810145634) (Triquarterly Books, 2023); [Incendiary Art] (https://bookshop.org/a/10066/9780810134331) (Triquarterly Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize; [Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah] (https://bookshop.org/a/10066/9781566892995) (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and [Blood Dazzler] (https://bookshop.org/a/10066/9781566892186) (Coffee House Press, 2008), a National Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House, and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, and Best American Mystery Stories. Smith is a Distinguished Professor for the City University of New York, a visiting professor in creative writing at Princeton University, and a faculty member in the Vermont College of Fine Arts postgraduate residency program.
[Find the transcript] (https://onbeing.org/programs/bonus-poetry-that-pays-attention-with-patricia-smith/#transcript) for this show at onbeing.org.