In "Wade in the Water" (Graywolf Press) United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America’s contemporary moment both to our nation’s fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. Labyrinth Books Princeton and the Lewis Center for the Arts are proud to invite you to a reading.
These are poems of sliding scale: some capture a flicker of song or memory; some collage an array of documents and voices; and some push past the known world into the haunted, the holy. Smith’s signature voice—inquisitive, lyrical, and wry—turns over what it means to be a citizen, a mother, and an artist in a culture arbitrated by wealth, men, and violence. "Wade in the Water" is a potent and luminous book by one of America’s essential poets.