Annal: 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Results of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in the year 2013.

Book:Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah

Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah: Poems

Patricia Smith

In her newest collection, Patricia Smith explores the second wave of the Great Migration. From her parents’ move from the South to Chicago to being raised as an “up North” child under the spell of Motown music, she captures the rampant romanticism of waiting and hoping and the dogged disappointment and damage of living under a delusion. Shifting from spoken word to free verse to traditional forms, she reveals “that soul beneath the vinyl.”

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