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Book Title

Such Color

Subtitle
New and Selected Poems
Author 1
Tracy K. Smith
Poem Excerpt
Is the world intended for me? Not just me but
The we that fills me? Our shadows reel and dart.

Our blood simmers, stirred back. What if
The world has never had—will never have—our backs?

The world has never had—will never have—our backs.
Our blood simmers, stirred back. What if

The we that fills me, our shadows real and dark,
Is the world intended for me?

—from  “I Sit Outside in Low Late-Afternoon Light to Feel Earth Call to Me”
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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.

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List Price
$26.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-067-3
Format
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
240
Trim Size
Trim Size
6 x 9
Keynote
“Tracy K. Smith’s poetry is an awakening itself.” (Vogue)

About the Author

Tracy K. Smith
Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Tracy K. Smith is the author of Wade in the Water; Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award; and The Body’s Question, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is also the editor of an anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, and the author of a memoir, Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. From 2017 to 2019, Smith served as Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Princeton University.
 
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Praise

  • “The collected poems reflect the bright arc of Smith's career. . . . [Her] admirers will enjoy revisiting favorite poems and reading new works, while this volume will stand as a welcoming and dazzling introduction to Smith's poetry for first-timers.”Booklist, starred review
  • “Both timeless and urgent, [Such Color] serves as a humbling and invigorating reawakening from sorrow and apathy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
     
     
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