Be Recorder: Poems

Be Recorder: Poems

Carmen Giménez Smith dares to demand renewal for a world made unrecognizableBe 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—...

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Title:Be Recorder: Poems
Author:Carmen Gimenez Smith
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Be Recorder: Poems Reviews

  • André Habet
    Read this cross 3 days. The titular poem is an epic that moves through scales, forms, and voices to create a piece that polyphonically resonates across space-time. Favorite lines,"I've learned most from the crackedOnce I broke into piecesNow I break into wholes.('Be Recorder', 31)...
  • Christy
    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 America, in this timeless dream of a collection....
  • Alyssa
    so good I read it twice through...
  • D.A.
    One of the best books in a year of great books. Gimenez is a national treasure....
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Be Recorder is a collection of poems about contemporary America, consumerism/capitalism, and what it’s like being the child of Latin American immigrants in America. Great form and use of language. One of my favorites from the shortlist....
  • R.K. Cowles
    3 3/4 stars...
  • Ken
    I'm doing well here with finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards. For poetry, that is. The other two I've read are The Tradition (Jericho Brown) and Deaf Republic (Ilya Kaminsky). Please don't ask about the fiction and nonfiction finalists, however. The only fiction one I've read I abandoned (Bl...
  • Alarie
    Smith’s book is one of five on the short list for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry. I will not post a low rating or diss a nominee. Taste is a personal thing, so I’ll just say that Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky is one of the most impressive poetry books I’ve ever read, and it ...

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