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|Photograph by Shawn Miller, Library of Congress.|
This is an exciting week to host. Earlier in the week, Tracy K. Smith was named the 22nd Poet Laureate the United States. According to the Poetry Foundation, Tracy graduated from Harvard University and got an MFA from Columbia University. She has published three poetry books, THE BODY'S QUESTION (2003), DUENDE (2007), and LIFE ON MARS (2011), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Another book, WADE IN THE WATER, will be published next spring. Ms. Smith currently teaches writing at Princeton University.
In an NPR interview, Ms. Smith says:
"One of (my) goals as poet laureate is to make even more people aware that poems are, another resource that you can turn to" in times of uncertainty.
What excites me is that I'm an ambassador for poetry, which is something that I wholeheartedly believe in and that has been an anchor and a force of stability and consolation throughout my life," she says. "I think that's good news.Here are several poems I found online. There are five poems published on Ms. Smith's page on the Poetry Foundation website.
"WADE IN THE WATER"
BY TRACY K. SMITH
One of the women greeted me.
I love you, she said. She didn't
Know me, but I believed her,
And a terrible new ache
Rolled over in my chest…
I love you in the rusted iron
Chains someone was made
To drag until love let them be
Unclasped and left empty
In the center of the ring…
We could let ourselves feel, knew
To climb. O Woods--O Dogs--
O Tree--O Gun-- O Girl, run--
O Miraculous Many Gone--
O Lord--O Lord--O Lord--
Is this love the trouble you promised?
Listen to Ms. Smith read the entire poem here.