Tracy smith life on mars

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tracy smith life on mars

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

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 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.
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Weekly Poem: From 'My God, It's Full of Stars' by Tracy K. Smith

Poems of Childhood, Grief and Deep Space

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Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. From to she held a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Smith is the author of Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library.

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A collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain. By Tracy K. 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. These 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 Telescope.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Jonathan P. says:

    Maybe it's more like life below the sea: silent, . Is it still his life he moves through , or does Tracy K. Smith, "My God, It's Full of Stars" from Life on Mars.

  2. Vachel L. says:

    Turner would have admired, of the Cone Nebula, a pillar of dust and gas some 2, light-years from Earth.

  3. Daniel R. says:

    Life on Mars | Graywolf Press

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