Patricia Smith graciously agreed to make an appearance at our first anniversary celebration bringin the crowd to a enthusiastic standing ovation…for poetry! All the seats were filled while others stood around the back of the art gallery. The celebration was held in the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts at the Tannery Arts Center during an installation titled "Harvest Moon". It was a perfect chance to feature great poetry readings in front of a giant moon!
There's a renewed interest in poetry and poets reading their work, and it might be a natural part of the renaissance happening in science and technology, because with any true renaissance period there are advances in literature and the arts. Patricia Smith has long been at the forefront of innovation in the poetic arts. She gave a vibrant reading of selections from her book Blood Dazzler, finalist for the National Book Award, and Shoulda Been Jimmy Savannah, winner of the Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall prize for best book of poetry in the US in 2012. How does one take something devasting like hurricane Katrina and personify the hurricane in poetry? In clear and smooth terms the terrible force of Katrina comes to life through Patricia. She ended the reading with a masterfully crafted crown of sonnets about Mowtown. Her sonnets dive into the seduction of young girls by music and lyrics and the glamour and gliiter we all learned to crave. How could you not stand up in applause? Patricia's irresistible!