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Tracy K Smith

Eternity: Poetry and Politics

Coleridge Series/
Wed 12 June 2019

Tracy K Smith

Eternity: Poetry and Politics

Tracy K Smith credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths crop
Wed 12 June 2019,

Tracy K Smith is America’s poet laureate. Her work – from The Body’s Question (2003) to Wade in the Water (2018) – addresses what it means to be a citizen, a mother and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men and violence. In this event, she reads from her new collection, Eternity, and discusses poetry and politics.

Writing in the New York Times in December 2018, Smith argued that political poetry, ‘even here in America, has done much more than vent. It has become a means of owning up to the complexity of our problems, of accepting the likelihood that even we the righteous might be implicated by or complicit in some facet of the very wrongs we decry. Poems willing to enter into this fraught space don’t merely stand on the bank calling out instructions on how or what to believe; they take us by the arm and walk us into the lake, wetting us with the muddied and the muddled, and sometimes even the holy.’

Chaired by Sarah LeFanu.

Image credit Eliza Griffiths.

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