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Sara Habein
How do I even begin to tell you how wonderful Life on Mars is? Tracy K. Smith's poetry fills me with peace and such fullness, even when she writes about how inhuman we can be. Her poems are almost meditative — I really enjoyed slowing down and focusing on her words, their rhythm, and the overall picture of the poem before me. Part space opera, part elegy, part wartime commentary, Life on Mars exceedingly deserves the Pulitzer it received, won on Smith's birthday, no less.

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Tracy K. Smith has become my favorite poet with this volume. She has such a way with words and the way they sound. Seriously, read these out loud to yourself; they sound wonderful! Her blending of science (fiction), pop culture, faith, and everyday life makes for very vivid images and creates such layers of meaning that I actually copied a few poems out to make notations all over -- just for fun. Loved this collection of poetry so much, and I can't wait to read another volume of hers.
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