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Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Fellow poets, today, the featured poem from the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series is Tracy K. Smith’s “Watershed”. One of my favorite parts of the series is the “About This Poem” section where the poet confesses their inspiration for the poem in question. 610 more words


Newest #PoetLaureate for the #USA is Tracy K. Smith

Newest #PoetLaureate for the #USA is Tracy K. Smith

USA’s Library of Congress has announced Tracy K. Smith as its newest national treasure, the country’s “poet laureate consultant in poetry,” the 22nd individual to hold that position. 134 more words


#Poem Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes

Today I had intended to publish a different poem by Ted Hughes (Poet Laureate 1930 – 1998) called View of a Pig, however, I felt that some might find the imagery a bit obscene so I will link it… 199 more words



The Poetry Department extends congratulations to Tracy K. Smith, who has been named the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library of Congress annual literary season in September with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium. 294 more words


Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate for a Nation Divided

The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will be the nation’s 22nd poet laureate, commencing her one-year term in the fall. 779 more words

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Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate

(NEW YORK) — Tracy K. Smith, the country’s new poet laureate, would like to start a conversation.

“A poem asks you to let go many of your assumptions, move away from your own certainties and to listen,” says Smith, 45, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose appointment to a one-year term was announced Wednesday by the Library of Congress. 582 more words