Be Recorder: Poems

Be Recorder: Poems


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Carmen Gim�nez 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 Gim�nez 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 Gim�nez Smith as one of the most vital and vivacious poets of our time.

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  • Alyssa

    so good I read it twice through...

  • Christy Rogers

    Carmen Giménez Smith is an utter genius. Her poems weave their way through the expectations of capitalism and government restraint and family ties and personal ambition. I saw myself, and most of Ame...

  • Mills College Library

    811.6 G491b 2019...

  • Abby

    The frivolity of poetry, layers of frivolity disguised as labor or vice versa. / Poetry is useless until we rot from inside when we don't have words....

  • Melina

    This was magical....

  • Caleb Masters

    Carmen Giménez Smith’s newest poetry collection is an electric meditation on identity and otherness in America. She masterfully wrestles with and illuminates these themes throughout her work, cresc...