TEAHOUSE OF THE ALMIGHTY by PATRICIA SMITHJULIE R. ENSZER Reviews
Teahouse of the Almighty by Patricia Smith
(Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2006)
TRANSFORMING REVIEWS, Experiment 2:
A List About Patricia Smith’s Teahouse of the Almighty
Ten Great Lines from the Book
the virus pushing
her skeleton through for Nicole to see.
Gwen Brooks hissed Follow. We had no choice.
Then we began our walk toward separate sounds.
shuck you silver peas for dinner.
pan water dab cheap smellgood
Don’t hate me because I am multiple, hurtling.
What men do with their mouths
What do we do with these huge gifts of the throat and tongue?
A sweet beginning I can hide in my mouth.
My child you will conquer the spice.
You will swallow.
What Reading Teahouse of the Almighty is Like
Get in your car. Go to a long stretch of freeway. Turn on your radio. Loud. Hit the scan button. Listen to the blend of voices and music, jazz, blues, pop, hip-hop, rap, news, talk, all together in short recurring though seemingly random increments.
Mary McLeod Bethune
John Lee Hooker
B. B. King
Martin Luther King
Can you hear their voices, their sounds together? Patricia Smith can.
Julie R. Enszer is a writer and lesbian activist living in Maryland. She has previously been published in Iris: A Journal About Women, Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, the Web Del Sol Review, and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. You can learn more about her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.