Book: Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah

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Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah: Poems

Author: Patricia Smith
Publisher: Coffee House Press

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.”

“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

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