Talk:Patricia Smith (poet)

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Links dealing with fabrication scandal[edit]

Anon User: is there a reason you have deleted links pertaining to the fabrications Patricia Smith made while working at The Boston Globe? They are obviously relevant to her biography; the scandal is probably the number one thing most people know about her. If you don't respond here with a good reason that you removed them, I will add them back.--ColForbin 23:44, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Anon User: is there a reason you deleted the links? I didn't revert the first user's change, but someone else did. The fabrication scandal is probably the most notable thing about Smith, as it has definitely garned the most media attention outside of poetry circles. I think they definitely belong, as does the sentence in the introductory paragraph about the fabrication that was also removed. I won't put the links back yet, as I would prefer that you do so. --ColForbin 17:45, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

The FACTS are that she resigned after acknowledging there were fictional people in TWO of her columns. I always leave that in. This was, given all of her accomplishments, a rather minor event in her creative life. More importantly, much of the information in the links others keep adding to this listing contain false and even libelous information about the Globe affair. I have intimiate, first-hand knowledge of these events; I know what I am talking about.

whatever facts you may have, wiki needs online SOURCES and REFERENCES. there haven't been articles found about suing anyone for libel.
Here's a Globe link to a story where she admits to FOUR. It might be a minor event in her "creative life" however, it's what gained her nationwide notoriety and cannot be removed from her biography.

It's not a matter of removing it. It's in there, in a sentence. It's a matter of putting it in its proper perspective and not overstating the importance of one nearly ten-year-old incident in a long, her creative life. It's also a matter of not referring people to stories that are factually incorrect.

Noire1 -- please STOP REMOVING SOURCED ITEMS from the article, including live links. thanks!

Mass Info Missing[edit]

Greetings all! In writing a Lit paper, I discovered that this article is really quite horrible. Perhaps it would be approite to include some information like:

  • her ethnicity (she is African American)
  • her childhood (she writes on several controvercial topics--if one is attempting to psychoanalize her, childhood info is helpful).
  • her poetic genre (slam) (the way that it is said is quite unclear and ambiguous)
  • where is Narragansett? Is it in Rhode Island, or in a Chicago suburb?
  • more about her scandel. This paragrah from e-poets gives a compelling so what: "She suffered institutional vitriol and public demonizing by much of the mainstream press at the national level, particularly by the more conservative Sunday television panel-show pundits. While this all but ensured Smith's sainthood among performance poetry's body politic, it also cost her wellbeing. The loss of her professional career and her marriage coincided, and the ensuing stress nearly ruined her health." It is obvious that it instagated a large paradigm shift, requiring more than a sentance in the Wikipedia article.

Wifliboi (talk) 19:48, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Replacing a source for a more relevant one[edit]

I moved the citation of a source back a sentence to the one it's more relevant to. I also added an article from NYT to support the claim that the scandal put her a little more in the limelight. Ender and Peter 01:45, 20 July 2013 (UTC)


Have commenced tidy-up of the Bibliography section using cite templates and tables for short stories and/or poems. Capitalization and punctuation follow standard cataloguing rules in AACR2 and RDA; feel free to continue. Sunwin1960 (talk) 06:26, 12 April 2015 (UTC)