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Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith
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it was amazing
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“You want a poem to unsettle something." ◾Tracy K. Smith

Wade in the Water: Poems was my third collection by Smith, the current Poet Laureate of the United States. While I liked her earlier works of Duende and Life on Mars, this new collection is my favorite of her work.

Smith uses multiple poetic and dramatic styles - erasure poems gathered from slave correspondence in the Civil War (the whole stunning 'Unwritten' series), source materials of the Declaration of Independence ('Declaration'), and legal documents of environmental law ('Watershed') to cultivate this sense of America past and present.

I've already reread some of the poems several times... It's a stunning collection that left quite an impact on me. Highly recommended.
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November 29, 2017 – Shelved
November 29, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
November 29, 2017 – Shelved as: poetry
December 18, 2018 – Started Reading
December 19, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Michael Great review! I really enjoyed Life on Mars, and this seems interesting.


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