Life on Mars : poems / Tracy K. Smith.
By: Smith, Tracy K.Material type: BookPublisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, Description: 75 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781555975845 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1555975844 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Poetry | American poetry | Fathers and daughters -- Poetry | African Americans -- PoetryDDC classification: 811/.6
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The weather in space -- Sci-fi -- My God, it's full of stars -- The universe is a house party -- The Museum of Obsolescence -- Cathedral Kitsch -- At some point, they'll want to know what it was like -- It & Co. -- The largeness we can't see -- Don't you wonder, sometimes? -- Savior machine -- The soul -- The universe : original motion picture soundtrack -- The speed of belief -- It's not -- Life on Mars -- Solstice -- No-fly zone -- Challenger -- Ransom -- They may love all that he has chosen and hate all that he has rejected -- The universe as primal scream -- Everything that ever was -- Aubade -- Field guide -- Eggs Norwegian -- The good life -- Willed in Autumn -- Song -- Alternate take -- Sacrament -- When your small form tumbled into me -- Us & Co.
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2012.
Reviews provided by Syndetics
Library Journal ReviewHypnotic and brimming with irony, the poems in Smith's latest volume aren't so much about outer space as the interior life and the search for the divine. The first poem sets the direction, asking, "Is God being or pure force? The wind/ Or what commands it?" and there are strong religious overtones throughout. Poems bear titles like "The Savior Machine," "Sacrament," and "The Soul," and whether the poet is alluding to Arthur C. Clark's 2001 or memorializing her father, the whole feels reminiscent of Dante's The Divine Comedy. Smith, a Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner for The Body's Question, works mostly in free verse, with a few terza rima and several sonnets mixed in, and her poems are grounded in everyday experiences like eating or walking on a street or in the woods. This soon leads to dreamlike states of consciousness in which the dead communicate with the living. Smith channels the voice of her deceased father, her unborn child, or people in the news who send postcards to those who killed them. VERDICT The spiritual motif running through these poems adds a stunning dimension that will please many readers.-Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Tracy K. Smith is the author of two previous poetry collections: Duende , winner of the James Laughlin Award, and The Body's Question , winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.