Today's poem is "Flight"
from Smith Blue

Southern Illinois University Press

Camille T. Dungy is the author of What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison and Suck on the Marrow. She is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and co-editor of the From the Fishouse anthology. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals and magazines, including The American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Verse Daily. She teaches at San Francisco State University.

Other poems by Camille T. Dungy in Verse Daily:
July 7, 2010:   "Sunday Morning" "Desire swung like that: like her..."

Books by Camille T. Dungy:

Other poems on the web by Camille T. Dungy:
Four poems
"On the rocks"
Twelve poems and two full readings
"The Blue"
"Like Love"
"They Win the Upper Hand"
"soldier's girl"

Camille T. Dungy's Website.

Camille T. Dungy According to Wikipedia.

About Smith Blue:

"Exquisite moments of intimacy caught in the meshes of history, of human depredation registered in language as plainspoken as it is rich in implication, Smith Blue by Camille Dungy is a gorgeous and powerful book, one of the best I've read in recent years."
—Alan Shapiro

"These are large, open-hearted lyrics about love: its pleasure, its neglect, loss and remembrance. Love here is not just parental and fraternal or of lovers and husbands, but a love for butterflies, things and their places. With a subtle variety yet balance of line, these are not ponderous pronouncements, but the voice of a graceful wondering about the world and the way we carry on."
—Ed Roberson

"Loss inhabits these poems-palpable, less spiritual than common though no less devastating, spoken by one not afraid 'to hear what quiet really sounds like.' And what has been lost?- lovers, landscapes, poets, none replaceable with the easy distractions of iPods or NPR. What remains? Words. Lyrically adept yet coolly self-conscious, these poems engage loss to 'recall / how we smelled before this end was begun.'"
—Michael Waters

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