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Such Color: New and Selected Poems

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Author: Tracy K. Smith

"Tracy K. Smith's poetry is an awakening itself." --Vogue

Celebrated for its extraordinary intelligence and exhilarating range, the poetry of Tracy K. Smith opens up vast questions. Such Color: New and Selected Poems, her first career-spanning volume, traces an increasingly audacious commitment to exploring the unknowable, the immense mysteries of existence. Each of Smith's four collections moves farther outward: when one seems to reach the limits of desire and the body, the next investigates the very sweep of history; when one encounters death and the outer reaches of space, the next bears witness to violence against language and people from across time and delves into the rescuing possibilities of the everlasting. Smith's signature voice, whether in elegy or praise or outrage, insists upon vibrancy and hope, even--and especially--in moments of inconceivable travesty and grief.

Such Color
collects the best poems from Smith's award-winning books and culminates in thirty pages of brilliant, excoriating new poems. These new works confront America's historical and contemporary racism and injustices, while they also rise toward the registers of the ecstatic, the rapturous, and the sacred--urging us toward love as a resistance to everything that impedes it. This magnificent retrospective affirms Smith's place as one of the twenty-first century's most treasured poets.

Publisher: Graywolf Press
Published: 10/05/2021
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781644450673

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/01/2021 pg. 26
Publishers Weekly 08/16/2021 pg. 57
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 10

About the Author
Tracy K. Smith is the author of four books of poetry, including Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Wade in the Water, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. From 2017 to 2019, she served as the poet laureate of the United States.

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