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Wade in the Water: Poems


Blowout Sale! Save 55% on the Wade in the Water: Poems by MACMILLAN/MPS at Jen Blood. MPN: 9781555978136. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United StatesEven the men in black armor, the onesJangling


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The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else

Are they so buffered against, if not love’s blade
Sizing up the heart’s familiar meat?

We watch and grieve. We sleep, stir, eat.
Love: the heart sliced open, gutted, clean.

Love: naked almost in the everlasting street,
Skirt lifted by a different kind of breeze.

―from “Unrest in Baton Rouge”

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.

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  • WADE IN THE WATER - Celebrate your love of literature with the extraordinary new collection of poems by Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States. At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, Tracy's work has been compared to the likes of William Butler Yeats and Federico Garcia Lorca�with all the modern sparkle of David Bowie.
  • BY TRACY K. SMITH - Inquisitive, lyrical, and wry, Smith's signature voice expresses what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in today's turbulent cultural climate. Wade in the Water is a potent and luminous book by one of America's essential poets.
  • PRAISE FOR WADE IN THE WATER - "In these poems, with both gentleness and severity, Smith generously accepts what is an unusually public burden for an American poet, bringing national strife home, and finding the global in the local."�NPR.org
  • MAKES A GREAT GIFT - Perfect for any fan of modern American poetry.
  • DETAILS - By Tracy K. Smith. Hardcover, 88 pages. Published 2018.

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Manufacturer:Graywolf Press
Brand:MACMILLAN/MPS
Part Number:9781555978136
Publisher:Graywolf Press
Studio:Graywolf Press
MPN:9781555978136
EAN:9781555978136
Item Weight:0.62 pounds
Item Size:0.59 x 9.38 x 9.38 inches
Package Weight:0.62 pounds
Package Size:6.46 x 0.63 x 0.63 inches

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