Be Recorder

Be Recorder

by Carmen Giménez Smith


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Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry

Carmen Giménez Smith dares to demand renewal for a world made unrecognizable

Be Recorder offers readers a blazing way forward into an as yet unmade world. The many times and tongues in these poems investigate the precariousness of personhood in lines that excoriate and sanctify. Carmen Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellion—against compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it. This reckoning with self and nation demonstrates that who and where we are is as conditional as the fact of our compliance: “Miss America from sea to shining sea / the huddled masses have a question / there is one of you and all of us.” Be Recorder is unrepentant and unstoppable, and affirms Giménez Smith as one of the most vital and vivacious poets of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555978488
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 149,154
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of six books, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, and Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of the American Book Award. She teaches at Virginia Tech University.

Table of Contents

1 Creation Myth

Origins 3

Watch What Happens 4

Boy Crazy 5

Play Therapy 6

Self As Deep As Coma 7

Southern Cone 9

Current Affairs 10

Interview Follow-Up 11

No Apology: A Poemifesto 12

Flat Earth Dream Soliloquy 13

2 Be Recorder

Be Recorder 17

3 Birthright

In Remembrance Of Their Labors 63

As Body II 65

I Will Be My Mother's Apprentice 67

Beasts 68

Entanglement 70

American Mythos 71

On Teaching 76

Terminal Hair 77

Only A Shadow 78

ARS Poetica 79

Notes 81

Acknowledgments 83

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