Tracy K. Smith, born and raised in Falmouth, Massachusetts, is the author of three award-winning poetry titles: The Body’s Question (2003), winner of the Cave Canem Prize, Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award, and most recently Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. The New York Times describes Smith as a poet who reveals “unknowable terrains,” while Publisher’s Weekly calls attention to her “lyric brilliance and political impulses.” Smith’s awards and honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a 2008 Essence Literary Award, a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a 2005 Whiting Award. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The Good Life
When some people talk about money
They speak as if it were a mysterious lover
Who went out to buy milk and never
Came back, and it makes me nostalgic
For the years I lived on coffee and bread,
Hungry all the time, walking to work on payday
Like a woman journeying for water
From a village without a well, then living
One or two nights like everyone else
On roast chicken and red wine.
- "Acknowledging a Collective Memory Through Protest." New York Times. 30 July 2015.
- Interview by Michael Klein. Ploughshares. 30 May 2012.
- “Brooklyn Poet Tracy K. Smith Wins Pulitzer on Her Birthday.” New York Daily News. 16 April 2012.
- Essay on “Why Poetry Is Essential to Democracy” by Tracy K. Smith. Wall Street Journal. 7 April 2012.
- Review of Life on Mars by Joel Brouwer. The New York Times. 26 August 2011.
Seminar with Bruce Smith | October 2, 2012
Reading with Bruce Smith | October 2, 2012
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