Life on Mars
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize * A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice ** A New Yorker, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * New poetry by the award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, whose “lyric brilliance and political... show more
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize * A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice ** A New Yorker, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * New poetry by the award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, whose “lyric brilliance and political impulses never falter” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)You lie there kicking like a baby, waiting for God himself To lift you past the rungs of your crib. What Would your life say if it could talk? —from “No Fly Zone”With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like “love” and “illness” now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation.
Publish date: May 10th 2011
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Pages no: 88
Edition language: English
One of those books you desperately wish you'd written yourself...beautiful.
The only poem which I can say I honestly really loved and was moved by was "The Good Life" - it was simple but I enjoyed the combination of metaphors and images in it, although they weren't ones that were terribly original. They had a very honest quality to them though, and the genuineness of the po...
My first introduction to this volume was through a lovely short poem posted on Berfrois: http://www.berfrois.com/2013/09/the-good-life-tracy-k-smith/ I admired how succintly the contrast between workaday coffee and bread and payday roast chicken and wine captures the yearning for comfort and belon...
Smith explores some interesting science/astronomy related themes in her poems, and creates some very compelling ones. I'd suggest her memoir first ([b:Ordinary Light: A memoir|22889754|Ordinary Light A memoir|Tracy K. Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1422216506s/22889754.jpg|42459909]), though. ...