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 García Lorca—with all the modern sparkle of David Bowie. 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. Hardcover, 88 pages.
Author image, credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
Smith's poetry is an awakening itself.—Vogue
"On a craft level, these poems are impeccable…I know brilliance when I read it and this book is brilliant."—Roxane Gay, author of Hunger
"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
"Technically accomplished and precisely attuned to our current cultural climate, Smith, like William Butler Yeats, once again demonstrates how…engaged, activist poetry need not forgo lyricism, compassion, and complexity to be effective."—Library Journal
"Poetry requires acts of exquisite selection and distillation that Smith, poet laureate of the United States, performs with virtuosity and passion throughout her profoundly affecting fourth collection…The sacred and the malevolent are astutely juxtaposed in this beautifully formed, deeply delving, and caring volume."—Booklist, starred review