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Tracy K. Smith

Autor(a) de Life on Mars: Poems

16+ Works 1,723 Membros 48 Críticas 4 Favorited

About the Author

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three previous books of poetry, including Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award; and The Body's Question, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is also the editor of an anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for mostrar mais Our Time, and the author of a memoir, Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2017, Smith was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Princeton University. mostrar menos
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Obras por Tracy K. Smith

Associated Works

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (2021) — Contribuidor — 1,527 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contribuidor — 336 exemplares
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
Generations: A Memoir (1976) — Introdução, algumas edições92 exemplares
Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (2016) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade (2006) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
This Is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets (2024) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (2017) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (2019) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Minor Notes, Volume 1 (2023) — Prefácio — 12 exemplares
Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden (2017) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Fairfield, Californië, USA
Prémios e menções honrosas
Whiting Writers' Award (2005)
Poet Laureate of the United States (2017)



Stunning Collection

Sci-fi meets current events meets personal tragedy and triumph in poems I'll want to read again and again. It's wonderful, also, to go online and listen to Tracy K. Smith read her work.
JackieCraven | 19 outras críticas | May 23, 2024 |
I claim these people and admit their claim upon me.

from To Free the Captives by Tracy K. Smith
“Communion across the mortal divide,” Smith calls it. The link backwards through time to all who came before, those connected by blood, and those connected by common experience and history.

There is strength in this connection, and a circle of family that transcends family.

I have felt that connection. I have traced my ancestors back centuries. To a man persecuted for his Anabaptist faith, imprisoned and his goods confiscated, his family turned out of their home. To the Swiss Brethren minister, an early settler in the Shenandoah Valley, who was scalped and killed, along with his wife and several children; luckily, my distant grandmother escaped.

Smith traces her ancestors back to the Middle Passage, to slavery, to Sunflower, Alabama where he father was born. Hers were Freed people–not Free–for there is a difference between born to freedom and being granted freedom. Freedom granted can be taken away.

Smith shares her family history and her own story in this luminous memoir. She struggles with the past and shares her concerns for the future awaiting her sons. She responds to the murder of black youth and wonders about America’s future.

This hauntingly beautiful and moving memoir offers revelation and hope for the future.

Thanks to the publisher for a free book.
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nancyadair | Nov 17, 2023 |
The title of this collection, Life on Mars seems almost tongue-in-cheek as the collection is VERY much about life here on earth, in a very visceral, beautiful, and sometimes intensely difficult, way. Poems like "Everything That Ever Was" manage to dance with the universe without overly lofty ambition, keeping our feet on the ground. "The Universe as Primal Scream" marries biblical storytelling with the everyday tedium of our existence. Occasionally Smith packs a huge punch with just a few words (your mileage will vary, based on personal experiences). When I read, "Tonight, I'm at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I don't know where I end" ("They May Love All That He Has Chosen and Hate All That He Has Rejected"), I was transported to that exact state of being. Prior to reading the collection I had been at an event where Tracy K. Smith spoke about her father, and many of the poems in this collection revealed much about that relationship--in particular the one dedicated to his memory, "The Speed of Belief".

At that same event, Smith said, "When you read a poem you become humble." In humility there is great wisdom and beauty and it is woven throughout this wonderful collection.
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1 vote
rebcamuse | 19 outras críticas | Jul 13, 2023 |
This took a while for me to get into, but there are one or two I quite liked.
Kiramke | 1 outra crítica | Jun 27, 2023 |



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