Blood Dazzler

Blood Dazzler - Patricia Smith

I wasn't sure about this book at first, and I'm still not crazy about all the personification poems where the hurricane speaks, but by the end of the collection I was sold. I read it in only a few sittings, and it was an upsetting, unsettling and also at times beautiful journey to take. We forget about horrors and sorrows like Katrina so quickly if we weren't there, and this is quite a re-living. I heard the poet talk recently about her concern in writing about Katrina as a non-New Orleans resident, but I think there is value in the "outside" eye, especially one that's made a clear effort at understanding in a way even our own government seemed not to. It's not so simple as insider/outsider, something I think the poems reveal.