Tracy K. Smith Quotes


I've been beating my head all day long on the same six lines

Brooklyn is kind of my writer's retreat.

Look I want to say The worst thing you can imagine has alreadyZipped up its coat and is heading backUp the road to wherever it came from.

Keetje Kuipers' poems are daring formally beautiful and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas.

History with its hard spine & dog-eared Corners will be replaced with nuance Just like the dinosaurs gave way To mounds and mounds of ice.

Everything that disappears/Disappears as if returning somewhere

[...] the body is what we lean toward tensing as it darts dancing away.but it's the voice that enters us. evensaying nothing. even saying nothingover and over absently to itself

Often it is a moment rather than an event that makes a poem.

time never stops but does it end? and how many livesbefore take-off before we find ourselves beyond ourselves all glam-glow all twinkle and gold?

I grew up in northern California in a town called Fairfield which is kind of exactly between San Francisco and Sacramento a small suburb. And I'm the youngest of five children.

If I call it pain and try to touch it With my hands my own life It lies still and the music thins A pulse felt for through garments.

For me a poem is an opportunity to kind of interrogate myself a little bit.

So much of my poetry begins with something that I can describe in visual terms so thinking about distance thinking about how life begins and what might be watching us.