Life on Mars

Smith, Tracy K. (Book - 2011)
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the third collection of new poems by the Pulitzer-prize-winning poet.

McMillan Palgrave
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.

Authors: Smith, Tracy K.
Statement of Responsibility: Tracy K. Smith
Title: Life on Mars
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2011]
Characteristics: 75 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The weather in space
My God, it's full of stars
The universe is a house party
The Museum of Obsolescence
Cathedral Kitsch
At some point, they'll want to know what it was like
It & Co.
The largeness we can't see
Don't you wonder, sometimes?
Savior machine
The soul
The universe : original motion picture soundtrack
The speed of belief
It's not
Life on Mars
No-fly zone
They may love all that he has chosen and hate all that he has rejected
The universe as primal scream
Everything that ever was
Field guide
Eggs Norwegian
The good life
Willed in Autumn
Alternate take
When your small form tumbled into me
Us & Co
Subject Headings: Poetry American poetry Fathers and daughters Poetry African Americans Poetry
Topical Term: Poetry
American poetry
Fathers and daughters
African Americans
Black author
Local Subject Heading: Black author
LCCN: 2011920674
ISBN: 9781555975845
Branch Call Number: 811 Smith
Research Call Number: Sc E 12-294
JFE 12-6944
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