‘A poet of extraordinary range and ambition . . . convincing in both the grand gesture and the reverent contemplation of a humble plate of eggs’
The New York Times
US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith has gathered this selection spanning her entire remarkable career. From the private experience of desire to the devastations of political strife, these poems enlarge our vocabulary for what it means to live, struggle, grieve and love.
‘Smith’s poetry is an awakening itself’ Vogue
‘Deftly, Tracy K. Smith, the reigning poet laureate of the United States, illuminates America’s generational wounds’ New York Magazine
‘Smith is a storyteller who loves to explore how the body can respond to a lover, to family, and to history’ Hilton Als, New Yorker