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Wade in the Water: Poems av Tracy K. Smith
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Wade in the Water: Poems (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2019)

av Tracy K. Smith (Författare)

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In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America's contemporary moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith's signature voice - inquisitive, lyrical, and wry - turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence. Here, private utterance becomes part of a larger choral arrangement as the collection widens to include erasures of The Declaration of Independence and the correspondence between slave owners, a found poem comprised of evidence of corporate pollution and accounts of near-death experiences, a sequence of letters written by African Americans enlisted in the Civil War, and the survivors' reports of recent immigrants and refugees. Wade in the Water is a potent and luminous book by one of America's essential poets.… (mer)
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Titel:Wade in the Water: Poems
Författare:Tracy K. Smith (Författare)
Info:Graywolf Press (2019), Edition: Reprint, 96 pages
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Favourite: Political Poem.
  biblioclair | Jun 20, 2023 |
This is a very powerful poetry collection touching on important social issues. Some my favorite pieces are the various erasure poems, though the pieces Smith wrote about motherhood are also very evocative. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Jul 19, 2022 |
Five days a week, I love to open my email and read and hear the poetry that Tracy K. Smith has chosen for the listeners of her Slowdown podcast. Each segment is five minutes long and includes a most personal and thoughtful introduction to the day’s poem by poets living and dead. Like watching a band who looks like they’re having a great time playing, you can feel Smith’s enthusiasm coming through in her smooth, soothing voice.

All that said, I would say that I appreciated the way she did the podcast a little more than I did this latest collection of her poetry. Maybe my lifelong whiteness didn’t relate well to her poetry about slaves relating to Lincoln. Someday, I will read her previous collection, Life on Mars, which won the Pulitzer Prize and garnered almost universal praise. Looking at 250 years of the American experience and how that relates to the black experience could just be more than I’m looking for in some poetry. Though I’m sure to read more of her work, having the joy of poetry through the Slowdown is a wonderful fallback position.

Update:
1) She grew up in nearby Fairfield, California and has spoken about it several times on the podcast.
2) With great sadness, I report that Tracy K. Smith has stopped doing her excellent work on the Slowdown, and the podcast has been on a hiatus for many months. Hopefully, it will resume with another spokesperson at some future date. I miss her sensitivity, humor, and voice greatly. [For those interested, all the podcasts are still available on the Slowdown site online.] ( )
  jphamilton | May 28, 2021 |
Broken into three parts; this stunning collection of poetry is lyrical and deep in intensity. From motherhood to slavery to contemplation each poem sucks the reader in and deserves to be savored. Tracey K. Smith is master of contemplation and care and this slim volume of poetry conveys deep meanings. Fans of poetry will eat this up and those new to prose will find themselves in love with the written word anew. ( )
  ecataldi | Jan 13, 2021 |
This was beautiful. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America's contemporary moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith's signature voice - inquisitive, lyrical, and wry - turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence. Here, private utterance becomes part of a larger choral arrangement as the collection widens to include erasures of The Declaration of Independence and the correspondence between slave owners, a found poem comprised of evidence of corporate pollution and accounts of near-death experiences, a sequence of letters written by African Americans enlisted in the Civil War, and the survivors' reports of recent immigrants and refugees. Wade in the Water is a potent and luminous book by one of America's essential poets.

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