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Download Devotions Reader Ú ↠ In the hands of Bruce Smith devotions are momentary stops to listen to the motor of history They are meditations and provocations They are messages received from the chatter of the street and from transmissions as distant as Memphis and al Mansur Bulletins and interruptions come from brutal elsewheres and from the interiS violently sometimes tenderly with the hum and buzz of the culture The culture whether New York or Tuscaloosa Seattle or Philadelphia past or present carries the burden of race and “someone’s idea of beauty” The poems fluctuate between the two poles of “lullaby and homicide” before taking a vow to remain on earth to look right and left to wait and to witness Can't remember who recommend this book to me but thank you I have read the first two poems and am smitten

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In the hands of Bruce Smith devotions are momentary stops to listen to the motor of history They are meditations and provocations They are messages received from the chatter of the street and from transmissions as distant as Memphis and al Mansur Bulletins and interruptions come from brutal elsewheres and from the interior where music puts electrodes on the body to tak Each poem each devotion is a meditation on existence a particularly American existence though some of the poems are set in other counties Davis reveals the suffering ineuality and brutality beneath the optimism of the cultureI read a review of this book in a respected magazine or newspaper New York Times? The reviewer said that Davis and Walt Whitman are polar opposites in their vision of America I disagree Whitman's America is like falling in love Davis's vision is like when someone you love breaks your heart

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DevotionsE an EKG These poems visit high schools laundromats motels films and dreams in order to measure the American hunger and thirst They are interested in the things we profess to hold most dear as well as what’s unspoken and unbidden While we’re driving while riding a bus while receiving a call while passing through an X ray machine the personal is intersected sometime Really overwhelmingly good Great long muscley lines Constant shifts deeper and ever deeper Brilliant line breaks This is one of our great poets working over contemporary America's most complicated bits using ancient implacable scaffolding