Life on Mars

Life on Mars

Poems

Book - 2011
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A collection of poems in which Tracy K. Smith examines the discoveries, failures, and oddities of humans.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2011]
ISBN: 9781555975845
1555975844
Branch Call Number: 811.6 SMITH
Characteristics: 75 pages ; 23 cm

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abcDena
Sep 22, 2016

It's been a while since I tried a new poet, and Tracy K. Smith was so rewarding. She is a very skilled word slinger, creating images, patterns and rhythms with words unlike anything I've ever read before. Even the dreariest images, the frantic, the unsettling -- they were all somehow musical because of her use of internal rhyme and general wordplay. This is a must-own.

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 24, 2016

This brief volume of poetry runs the gamut, from David Bowie's songs to Arthur C. Clarke's Space 2001 to Abu Ghraib and her father's death. Mostly free verse, reading like conversation. One of my favorites is about a therapist who helped her a lot, until her reaction to him began to feel like "a date with a friend," and she knew she'd gotten everything she could from him. Her father's work as an engineer on the Hubble Telescope is clearly an influence as well. I've read her later memoir about her mother, and recommend that as well. In fact, that memoir led me to her poetry.

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