Book Review: Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

In gorgeous, gripping language that intensifies as this collection progresses, Smith tracks, minute-by-minute, the progress of Hurricane Katrina as it grows from a tropical depression to a Category 5 storm. Smith describes the physical and emotional devastation of New Orleans, particularly in Black communities. Each poem in this collection feels raw and immediate, and Smith’s words bring into sharp, heartbreaking focus the failures of politicians to rebuild New Orleans after the storm.

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