Alumni Book Group: Bring Your Favorite Poems! and Tracy K. Smith, LIFE ON MARS (2017)

April 25, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

Join us for light supper and lively conversation. Newcomers always welcome!

Info re: Tracy K. Smith's most recent poetry collection, which might anchor the discussion, from Amazon:

With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence. In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like "love" and "illness" now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence. These poems reveal the realities of life lived here, on the ground, where a daughter is imprisoned in the basement by her own father, where celebrities and pop stars walk among us, and where the poet herself loses her father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. With this remarkable third collection, Smith establishes herself among the best poets of her generation.

For more information contact: Karen Nelson (knelson@umd.edu)