KWH Pick of the Week: Blues for Sweet Thing By Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Chosen by Natalie Giarratano

Posted on March 18, 2013


Knox Writers’ House Contributor’s Pick of the Week 3 /18/2013

Blues for Sweet Thing by Rachel Eliza Griffiths in Brooklyn, NY

Chosen by Natalie Giarratano in Kalamazoo, MI who says:

I’ve been obsessed with Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ latest book, Mule & Pear, a collection of poems in which the poet gives voice to female characters, some from novels, such as Celie from The Color Purple and Alice from The Known World, some from songs, such as Nina Simone’s Sweet Thing from “Four Women.” But this poet seems to find a voice “more ancient / than language and hands” (“Ode to Gazelles…”) to convey a disturbing history that is not at all a fiction; a voice that, when listening especially to Griffiths’ reading of “Blues for Sweet Thing,” can trip the senses hard within just a few turns of the poem’s short lines. Listen to her recording of this poem and know that Griffiths shakes out more than one kind of song.


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