Wade in the water : poems /

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, using her signature voice--inquisitive, lyrical and wry--mulls over what it means to be a citizen, a mother and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men and violence, boldly tying America's modern moment both to our nation's fraught founding history a...

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Main Author: Smith, Tracy K., (Author)
Description of Work:Poetry
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Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2018]
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Main Author:Smith, Tracy K., author.
Uniform Title:Poems. Selections
Summary:A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, using her signature voice--inquisitive, lyrical and wry--mulls over what it means to be a citizen, a mother and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men and violence, boldly tying America's modern moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting.
"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."--Publisher's description
Copyright:©2018
Physical Description:83 pages ; 24 cm
Awards:Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Poetry, 2019
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 77-81).
ISBN:9781555978136 (hardcover)
1555978134 (hardcover)
9781555978365 (paperback)
1555978363 (paperback)