Posted by Paul Devlin:
Patricia Smith is one of the all-time great Slam Poets, a national champion 4 times over. This piece is one of the many that show why.
In SlamNation, this poem was excerpted as part of an opening montage. Roger Ebert, who was a friend of Patricia Smith’s from her Chicago days, reviewed SlamNation and focused on his experience of being profoundly moved by this piece when he heard it live. Patricia is still out there writing books and performing. Catch her if you can!