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Duende: Poems
by Tracy K. Smith

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List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9781555974756
Imprint: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Parent Company: Graywolf Press
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Winner 2008 Essence Literary Award for Poetry (AALBC.com was on the selection committee)

Every poem is the story of itself.

Pure conflict. Its own undoing.

Breeze of dreams, then certain death.

—from "History"

Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico Garc a Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel from within. It can lead the artist toward revelation, but it must also, Lorca says, accept and even serenade the possibility of death. Tracy K. Smith’s bold second poetry collection explores history and the intersections of folk traditions, political resistance, and personal survival. Duende gives passionate testament to suppressed cultures, and allows them to sing.



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