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"tracy k smith" Discussed on The New Yorker: Poetry
"Bear. Was Declaration by Tracy K Smith originally published the November six twenty seventeen issue of the New Yorker I wonder if there's any initial thoughts we have about hearing that poem again I was really struck by the line the form of our just because with poetry we're also talking about form and a form of redress as it were, and I think it takes such different stance than a declaration, though it of course is a different kind. It isn't a speech, but it uses speech, too. I think think about what speech does. What speech doesn't do? and I wonder if we have any initial thoughts about that. Just about erasure in general. When you say, form right now when I'm kind of in the wake of that poem thinking about. All of the actions, all of the efforts, all of the movements and attempts to be heard that we as black citizens of this nation have taken and they happen through. You know physical presence through taking a knee through language through our I feel in reading that Pohan I am not the speaker of this poem I feel like the Doggie minutes trying to tell us something and even the resignation and simmering rage and are repeated. Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury I feel. My hackles raised thinking about even in the last month. How the repeated injury seems to be presenting so so much. It's uncanny the way that you know the language can be another metaphor for the real, young. said. You know we're in this moment right now. Where all of these patriotic efforts at civil disobedience at peaceful manifestation are being called out now as anti American by route, you know reactionary opposition. And what I think is so. True for those of us who are trying to bring the question of black life into the national conversation something that we should value and protect. Is that. This is coming out of a love for America Even the fact that we're looking at one of America's foundational documents for guidance and helping us through this crisis in America. I think it also be speaks to sense of belief and hope. For the country that we do belong to do claim will also points out that unrest is the start of the nation but also that paradox is there that there is this. Paradox of freedom and land that has enslavement built into it, and all sorts of tensions that are in that document and I think what a poem does. all poems do this, but I think this kind of erasure pointed out even more, is it? It's a dance between silence and speech. You know in the sort of unspoken. COMES UP A lot in in that poem. Maryland in your poem pigeon on Hawkers a lot of what isn't said, or what the kind of poor tent of the whole poem. Is there anything else you'd like to say about the polar for we hear it. A little bit I suppose Great debt to Maryland. Hacker sure suggesting I write the story. I told her that this anecdote. Could it happen to me? And she said you should make a com out of it can be a companion piece to another poem written cub minor miracle. She said that way you'd have to similar hopeful story so. That's. Most useful thing I think I can see. That's great, so let's have a listen. This is Marilyn Nelson reading pigeon and.
A New Book Brings Melania Trump Into (Slightly) Better Focus
"Where is First Lady melania trump when her husband is so often front and center a clearer picture emerges from correspondent Tracy Smith in our Sunday morning cover story I will fight to protect you I am here president of law and order recently while president trump was talking law and order they've got to get tougher got to get stops on First Lady melania trump was tweeting about healing and peace so it's voluntary I have to do it and back in April when you're hesitant trump declined to wear a facemask I don't think I'm going to be doing it his wife put one on and urged others to do the same these are not the recommended guidelines to keep us all safe okay it's not exactly a palace coup and some might say not nearly enough to keep her husband's more controversial actions in check but either way according to a new book melania trump has more influence than you might think this is very different than the narrative that some people have painted that she is trapped I hope makes a crazy to say she's poor melania trapped she's not she is smart independent she will decide what she wants to do and she doesn't want to do melania trump thank you very much hello Sir prize winner Mary Jordan is the author of the art of her deal published by Simon and Schuster a Viacom CBS company of course you asked to interview melania for this book what happened basically no reply the trumps both of them make people who are around them sign non disclosure agreements they also I've quickly learned told people that knew Malani when she was young which is model to not talk the White House dismisses the book as fiction but Jordan says that after several years and more than a hundred interviews a clearer picture emerged of a woman who grew up dreaming of a life far away from her native say it needs us Lavigne she's a girl who grew up in a really small town and couldn't wait to get out she told everyone that I mean everyone I talked to in Slovenia said she couldn't wait to get out of this town she wanted to be where the action is at first young melania wanted to study architecture but she was persuaded that modeling was a better option and she found success doing mostly print work in Europe and later in New York City she what Donald Trump in two thousand five became a US citizen in two thousand six and eventually sponsored her mother and father Amalie and Victor to be U. S. citizens as well and how about chain migration about
Julie Andrews’ launches podcast on her new book “practically perfect”
"She's already a Broadway and Hollywood legend now Julie Andrews is launching a brand new podcast aimed at encouraging children to read this morning she'll tell our Tracy Smith all about it by Julie Andrews once played a character who could find a way through any hardship and it seems she made of the same stuff I really love feeling happy and being happy
Alicia Keys reflects on the journey to know herself
"Our Tracy Smith sat down with Alicia keys to chat about her new book as well as other matters here's their conversation for the record Alicia keys might be the reigning queen of cool with her megawatt smile and her fifteen Grammy awards she's a one woman musical empire with more sold out concerts than she can name and more fans than she can count but even as she was rocketing to new heights of fame the private Alicia keys was struggling with some lingering doubts about what she was doing why she was doing it and even who she was it's a big deal
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Ezra Klein Show
"Called Bodega. And I think it's a beautiful book because it gives voice to experiences you know coming from an immigrant family It also celebrates the beautiful like pluralism of this country. All the many voices and languages and traditions and Possibilities that that make this country vibrant and beautiful in that. We should Honor I think she honors those things early beautifully and her book Tracy Smith. Thank you very much. Thank you thank you to Tracy Smith for being here. That was really wonderful A couple of things before I go here. One is just finished the biggest leg of my book tour and I want to thank all of you. Who HAVE COME OUT? It was incredibly and continues to be incredibly meaningful to see. Been meet people. Actually listen to this podcast. It makes the whole thing feel much more tangible and real and I've been really moved by what some of you have told me in the role plays in your life. So thank you for that and thank you for sharing it with on. There are a couple more tour stops coming you can go to wire polarize dot com to check that out on including stops in. Chicago IN NASHVILLE IN. Greenville in Austin and so on so good wire polarize. Check that out. Thank you to Tracy K Smith for being here. That was wonderful. I really do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you to toe for Ruth for engineering. Terrific Karma for researching. Jeffrey Geld producing Conn. Show is Fox media podcasts production. This episode is brought to you by Flan school. The New Year brings a new decade future. Proof your career for decades to come with a career intact with the number one rated coding bootcamp. I course report that are in. School is committed to student success and sets the bar for the industry with a soaring ninety. Three percent employment rate for job seeking on campus and online grabs included in just released independently. Verified jobs report learn in demand skills like software engineering data science. You EX design and Cybersecurity to launch your career and tech with one to one support from dedicated career coaches get the full twenty nineteen jobs report at flat. I in school dot com slash. Vox this episode is brought to you by bullet Bourbon. Bullets subtle complex flavor comes from a unique blend of Rye corn barley. Malt bullet changed the game with High Ri- Mash Bill that brings forward boulders spicier flavours. But it's one thing to talk about bullet Bourbon. It's another thing to taste them. So that's what we're GonNa do some urban. I'm ready this is Leeann Love I. I'm going to take it out of this paper bag because we keep it classy. Well the draft all right. Let's go yeah. Tell me about what you're tasting. Well it's super smooth. It sort of his little bit witty little bit sweet. Not too sweet. How do you feel about the finish after SIP? It again to no future. Will you take us out? Will you read the end? Yeah sure I'd love to learn more. Go to bullet DOT com today or just ask bartender for bullet. That's B. U. L. L. E. I. T. dot com please drink responsibly. The Bullet Distilling Company Louisville Kentucky..
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Ezra Klein Show
"And that's but you recognize that you're going to not you're not going to bring out the best part of the person you're arguing with and I find this. Actually a little bit. Paralyzing is to be much more comfortable with the aggressive. You're wrong on the Internet form of arguing before I began to just begin to recognize more deeply that whether or not I was right. I wasn't changing the people. I was arguing with because those making it feel defensive and tough I mean politics is a place where I think you often do need to have these fights but having a the deeper appreciation guests at that is not going to be a good version of the person you're fighting with the heart becomes operate here not fighting your actual opponent at that mode. You're fighting all the defensive patting the armor that you know they adopt because they know what the waters of twitter are like. This is kind of where we get back to that. That sense of the vicious cycle that that or we'll talk about. We assume these things we act upon their you know reality and then we deepen the conflict. When I was traveling as poet laureate I went into a lot of communities where I know from electoral maps that the politics are different from my own. But because we weren't talking about policy I feel like we got into conversations about life that were not characterized by defensive or offensiveness. Her we could read a poem about immigration poem about the experience of someone who is a stranger and who feels vulnerable because people don't see them or don't understand them and we could talk about what that feels like and we could talk about what it feels like in different contexts like again a small town or in a city or in a family or in Moving from one one home to another suddenly were talking about all of the very same factors. But we're talking about it and not shouting about it and were listening to one another and not seeking to undermine the perspectives of one another feel like choosing to have those important conversations in platforms. That aren't framed by that you know awful behavior platforms gives recourse to this other more reasonable and and more open approach is really crucial. We can only talking about the future of this nation on the Internet. Because we will we will be talking as our worst cells are both in. God's true into such depressing thing to to to believe I've heard you ask about your relationship to outrage in a in an interview with Christopher on being This is a Alanine question but I thought you were responsible so interesting because outraged feels to me like it is the dominant political emotion of our age. And what you said. Was that outrageous. Activating an IT leads you to the page. And then he said but it has to sit somewhere else while you're actually writing. Can you tell me about that about why it has somewhere else? And how you even get it somewhere else. Yeah well this is where that the idea of language as a medium or as a companion and thought is really helpful because my hot headed self isn't very smart. doesn't have the ability to observe things closely enough to describe them nimbly enough and to be honest and so that person might say you need to write a poem about this but that person knows that it's a different tracy that's going to do the work. And that's going to be Accountable to language of Poetic Nature That isn't just pretty language but language. That's courageous and language that is willing to look at the many different sides of a single perspective or a single thing. And that's I mean it's not just writing about politics. I I have poems about grief that begin from the perspective of I love this person and he's gone and I want to honor him but that move toward a more frank an unguarded place whereby I'm able to say I love this person and I miss him but there was a time when I really wanted to get out from under his thumb. And that's part of who I am and so it's part of what my grief is built above. That's a such a beautiful complicated space for a lot of people who grieve. What do you say to those? And I think that this tends to get logged in the political context but it's actually applicable to something like that question of grief that people feel towards I don't want a assume what yours is but people feel hurts people in their life who have may be mistreated them but they also loved. There's a lot of argumentation right now. That too much time is spent trying to understand the impulses of those in power of those on the other side and that that kind of empathy and civility just serves the status quo that it ends up being a tool of the powerful. How do you respond to that? Well I would say that. I don't think that's empathy. I think that's strategizing. I think that's kind of like saying if this is what I think that person wants. This is what I will do in order to circumvent that. This is what that person's past behavior tells me they're prone to and since that's the problem for me. I'm going to have to adjust my behavior so I can get to this other outcome. That's not empathy. It's kind of like gaming. The system of other people I think empathy sort of willing to to be truly empathetic. You have to sort of lake. Empty Your hands of the thing that your clinging tightly to you have to be willing to say Ra. I know what my goals are. I know what my appetites look like. But it's not about me right now. I'M GONNA turn my full attention to the needs and wishes of this other entity and taken seriously for a little while going to have a A neutral gays and learn from that. I don't think that's what we are doing politically. Is there a poem you'd WanNa read? That has a quality of empathy of emptying your hands. I guess so This is palm called refuge and it came out of a conference. I attended Princeton where I teach on forced migration and in you know in addition to hearing from you know like experts. We heard from people who have moved from one place to another because of political circumstances or because of unavoidable need or unavoidable conflict and They told the story of what they lost in. Making that passage to safety and of Where they find themselves and on that same day. I heard from a lot of people who were supposed to be like serving that population and what they had to say. Was I learned so much from these people. They gave me so much. They gave me more than what I gave to them. And that was so interesting to me refuge until I can understand why you fled why you are willing to bleed. Why you deserve what I must be willing to cede let me imagine. You are my mother in Montgomery Alabama walking to campus rather than riding the bus. I know what they call you what they try to convince you you lack. I know you're tired ankles the sudden thunder of your laugh until I want to give you what I myself deserve. Let me love you by loving her. Your sister and a camp in Turkey sixteen deserving of everything let her be my daughter who is curled her neat hands into fists and sitting. Nothing is fair and I have never loved her. Naomi Lips set in his scowl. Young heart ransacking. Itsel let me lend her passion to your sister and love her for her living rage her need for more and now and all let me leap from sleep if her voice sounds out. Afraid from down the hall. I've seen men like your father walking up Harrison Street. Now that the days are getting longer let me love them as I love my own father whom I phoned once from valley in my life to say what I feared I'd never adequately sad voice. Choked stalled hearing the silence. Spread around us like weather. What would it cost me to say at now to a stranger's father walking home to our separate lives together? I think that's a good place to end So what I want to thank. This is a really lovely conversation to have and to to ask you the question. We always used to end the show. Which is what are three books that have mattered to you? The you recommend to the audience. I love that question. And thanks for having me Well I just mentioned Anna deavere. Smith's notes from the field And there's a book form of that this the thing is the scrambler the script for that play which is so beautiful because it brings you into the voice and mannerism of so many different people and I feel it so instructive. No matter what you're seeking to do to to put yourself in that position. I also recently just taught Lucille Clifton quilting To My students and that's one of her great books of poetry. I think it was published in the early nineties. But she's thinking about black life in this country she's thinking about different contexts in which family and community Exist and how the reality of intimacy is something that we need to acknowledge and celebrate in the face of sometimes those larger starker unfeeling public forces. That also act upon us. It's a book that also makes a really beautiful argument for the black vernacular as a site of extreme nuance and feeling and joy and and complexity. And there's a new book that I think is quite beautiful by a poet named Sue.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Meeting many many Americans do our voices sound more similar than we I think when we dip below that decibel level I really wanted the answer to be yes and I said okay. I'm going to do this project and see what the answer actually is and I do believe that the answer is yes. I wasn't arguing policy with people I was talking about how the aspects of individual lived life that come up and poem. Some of those things speak to policy. You know immigration. What does it feel like to be a stranger in a place where you may not be welcome or thinking about language and community and home We weren't categorising or defending or justifying practices. We were saying this person seems to be feeling this thing and you know what the last time I felt this thing. It was like this. We all We all do sound very similar when we're speaking at that level I'm not as an authority not as a The representative of perspective. But as somebody who's alive on this earth I was in a a lot of places where I know the values that people hold are different from mine and yet I feel like we were able to enter into the nuances. That let's it beneath the ways that sometimes difference can feel threatening. We were able to say oh. You see that that way. That's interesting I hadn't thought about it like that. I actually see it like this to me. That seems like where we we ought to spend most of our time But of course we're encouraged edged to do otherwise because we're we're encouraged to have a brand were encouraged to Sort of talk back to or shout down people who don't Celebrate our ideas and were encouraged to you. Know kind of like judge wjr but if those temptations were kind of like sidelined a little bit I think we actually feel so much better. Even in our difference friends I keep thinking what you said at the top of the show achieving an impossible kind of listening. It's not as impossible as we think right. Let me just like the last caller said we just have to make space for it. We have to say okay the mode that I find myself in when I'm on social media media is one mode but there's another that I want to practice with others and it feels like this. Well well we've got about two minutes. I was going to darn it. I think I've run out of time because I was going to ask you to read another poem but I don't want you to have to rush through it here So I I will tell folks they should pick up Wade in the water. Your your one of your more recent anthologies because we were going to. Have you read an old story right. which is a fabulous poem? How long do you think it takes you to read it? I'll I I don't know I could probably read it in one minute or I could talk to you about it. What do you read it? Oh you do okay okay. An old story we were made to understand. It would be terrible every small. Want every niggling blink urge every hate swollen to a kind of epic wind livid the land and ravaged like a rage full dream the worst in US having taken over and broken the rest utterly down along age past when at last we knew how little would survive us. How little we had mended or built? That was not now lost something and large and old awoke and then are singing brought on a different manner of weather. Then animals as long believed gone crept down from trees. We took newstalk of one another. We wept to be reminded head of such Color Tracy K Smith reading an old story from her anthology. Wade in the water water. And Tracy'd thank you so much for helping US take new stock banks magnets been a real pleasure. It has been such an honor to speak with you. Done it a couple of times and hope you come back again. Sometimes that we'll tracy. K Smith served two terms as poet laureate from two thousand seventeen to two thousand nineteen. She's also professor of the humanities and chair of the Lewis Center for the arts at Princeton University Magna Cromartie. This is on point..
"tracy k smith" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Country and what she learned what we can all learn. Let's go to Katie. WHO's calling from from Detroit Michigan Katie? You're on the air. It's a great pleasure to speak to Tracy and I'd like to know that I spend Fiber Kenyan. It's with her every morning on her Newsletter to slow down and I'd like to give a big shout out for that that and this morning at was snowflakes and here in Michigan. I'm well acquainted with snowflakes and it was by longfellow pillow. But every morning I usually forward one of her poems to friends of mine and I'm I'm delighted to have that connection and to give high praise to Tracy and know now that she's being heard all over the world will Katie. Thank you And Tracy before I let you responded let me just turn to Arthur. WHO's calling from Riverton in West? Virginia are Sir. Are you a fan of the slowdown as well. I am definitely a fan of the slowdown. And I'd be came name enamored with poetry because of it and West Virginia Public Broadcasting Broadcast the slow down two times a day. It's wonderful wonderful and Tracy worked so well and explains it's just a wonderful setup and I really really appreciate it. She has a beautiful voice. She gives her impression or understanding of what the poem means and then and she reads it. It's fantastic thanks for listening to that. Arthur what difference has it made to you in in a hearing Tracy K Smith do all that in. It's a tricky. It's a podcast right. Is this little yeah. It's a podcast that also airs on certain You know affiliated stations And it's it's short. It's five minutes so spend the first three minutes In some sort of a reflection about some aspect of life for maybe even history that connects in some way with the poem. And what I imagined that I might be doing is opening up a space for a listener To receive the poem. You know on the go per helped me immensely to understand how poetry works and I I just I'm I'm so happy to be able to say this and tell Tracy how much I I appreciate it. What she had been doing with the slowdown? Thank you that means so much to hear from you. Arthur thank you so much for that call. Let's sneak in another one. He'll go to. James is calling from Hattiesburg Mississippi James. You're on the air. Hello and May I say it's an Alderman James Nice to hear you can you I would like to say that or Ask your opinion on the idea. Third Tree is prayer or mantra in in particular. I'm thinking about a poem by Nixon Waterman. That's very close to my heart. Call if I knew you and I try to use this poem It's if I knew you when you knew me if both of us could clearly see in with an inner site divine the meaning of your heart and mind. I think that we differ. Lesson class for hands friendliness. Our thoughts flexibly agree. If I knew you and you knew me and that poem is something. I tried to keep in mind In Gra site Upon meeting a new person or dealing dealing with the person who I am having a difficult time with if we're at odds that's beautiful and yeah imagine if all of us lived and with that poem and our hearts just at the tip of her tongue I do think that poems urge us to Do the difficult work of of listening and also empathizing Whatever that means for for for you in in whatever the situation is to say what does this other perspective stem from.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
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Taylor Swift plans to re-record earlier songs. Here's why:
"Taylor swift is taking steps to own some of her biggest hits in a way here's Matt Piper if there's any early Taylor swift songs that you really really like the songstress is going to record them again Swiss sat down with our Tracy Smith for this weekend's CBS Sunday morning program in which Smith asks are about re recording her songs as a way to regain control over music swift says it's absolutely the plan it comes nearly two months after music manager scooter Braun acquired Swiss music catalog from her first six albums in a deal worth three hundred million
Taylor Swift plans to re-record earlier songs. Here's why.
"Piper if there's any early Taylor swift songs that you really really like the songstress is going to record them again Swiss sat down with our Tracy Smith for this weekend's CBS Sunday morning program in which Smith asks are about re recording her songs as a way to regain control over music swift says it's absolutely the plan it comes nearly two months after music manager scooter Braun acquired Swiss music catalog from her first six albums in a deal worth three hundred million dollars
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
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NASA, CBS And Tracy Smith discussed on KRLD News, Weather and Traffic
"All the as the astronauts of Apollo eleven headed to the moon the women of NASA were blazing new trails on earth on CBS Sunday morning program Tracy Smith talked with some of the seamstresses who went from making bras and girdles for Playtex to fashioning suits that would mean a life or death for the men in space each suit was twenty one layers of gossamer thin fabric sewn to a precise tolerance of one sixty fourth of an inch in other words there was no room for any mistakes I wonder how many a night and cried because I knew I couldn't do it why do you think that because I was scared scared I was scared this was on a person's life that's dependent on in fact they never forgot that their work could be the difference between victory and tragedy when I when you have all these inspections are going on it kind of clicked in your head okay you know I got to do this right the and on July twentieth nineteen sixty nine when the big moment finally arrived the women of international latex held their breath once they started down the ladder and he put his foot on the on the moon that that was a pentacle of watching something that you do
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The New Yorker Radio Hour
"So much for talking with us thank you tracy k smith who recently finished her term is poet laureate of the united states she talked with kevin you're on the new yorkers poetry editor and he's also the director of the schaumburg center for research in black culture this new yorker radio hour tracy k smith read one more palm for us from her latest collection wade in the water let's end on that the problem is set in texas and it's called hill country he comes down from the hills from the craggy rock the shrubs the scrawny live oaks and dried up junipers down from the cloud bellies and the bally's of hawks from the cara cara stocking carcasses from the clear son smacked soundless miss that shrouds him from the weather's bad of planks outside the cabin where he goes to be alone with his questions god comes down along the road with his windows unrolled so the twigs and hanging vines can slap and scrape against him in his jeep down past the book caught in the hog trap that kicks and heats bloodied blinded by the whiff of its own death which god thank god staved off he downshifts crosses the shallow trickle of river that only just last may scour the side of the canyon to rock gets out walks along the limestone bank castor beans cactus scat of last night's coyotes down below the hilltops he's wins out at chateau tree backing tree dark debt be i glides across not bothering to decipher what it hides a pair of dragon flies mate in flight tiny flowers through frantic color at his feet if he tries if he holds his mind in place and wills it he could almost be leaving something larger larger than himself rearranging the air you glance at the jeep glaring in bright sun stairs awhile at patterns the tall branches cast onto the underside of leave then god climbs back into the cat returning.
"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke says suffering brain aneurysms gave her a new perspective on life
"Game of thrones actor Emilia Clarke denarius says suffering two brain aneurysms, gave her a new perspective on fame. She spoke about it with CBS news correspondent Tracy Smith for this week CBS Sunday morning with the second one was my brain actually dies if appel. All of your brain doesn't get blood to it for minute. It will just no don't get back. It's like just short second. So why had that and they didn't know what what it was? So they literally will look into the main like we think it could be could be concentration. It could be riffle vision. I always say, it's my taste in men. Break. It has decent taste. But that was kind of funny things and then for a very long time. I thought it was my ability to act he really did did that was a deep paranoia from the first one is. Well, I was like what if something has to second in my brain Micon Actimel. I mean, literally it's been my reason for living for
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
"I'm US poet laureate. Tracy k Smith, and this is the slowdown. Is complicated because people are complicated. There are things we must have and things we absolutely will not tolerate and in between there is the messy gray area where we spend much of our lives. I think that gray area is like life laboratory. It's where we learn to adapt to admit to our own need to change to ask for what we need and to help the people we care about to evolve. It's where we learn the patients of sticking things out and other times, the tact of leaving with kindness rather than acrimony. It's not easy. Sometimes the grays owned can feel like a circle of hell, but I suspect the emotional work we undertake while there is as important as anything else, we might endeavor to do. And today's poem purple bathing suit by former US poet laureate. Louise, Glick one person comes clean about what it feels like to be married to someone who isn't perfect like life. The poem is by turns funny and biting it looks closely at the small things that create the fabric of shared life. I envision the speaker as she though, perhaps you'll envision a he or they gender aside. What I see is a person able to find evidence of every relationship flaw in the way, a significant other tends to the garden. I'm reminded of the ways that married couples bicker through years and years of cohabitation, and yes love I think there are many things that make this poem remarkable chief among them. It's final stanza and the way that the poem speaker allows her or him or their self to be implicated in the relationships deepest problems. I can't tell what the future of this relationship will be the poem sets in a book that chronicles a divorce. So I suspect this poem tracks the kind of realization that sometimes allows people to set themselves free, whether or not this is the case the poem invites me into the Gray's own as an empathetic. Observer it offers me a new vocabulary for leveraging and accepting blame. And it reminds me that these moments of gravely serious realization are also sometimes undeniably funny. Purple bathing suit by Louise Glick. I like watching you garden with your back to me in your purple bathing suit. Your back is my favourite part of you the part furthest away from your mouth, you might give some thought to that mouth. Also to the way, you we'd breaking the grass off at ground level when you should pull it by the roots. How many times do I have to tell you how the grass spreads your little pile notwithstanding in a dark mass which by smoothing over the surface. You have finally fully obscured. Watching you stare into space in the tidy rows of the vegetable garden ostensibly working hard while actually doing the worst job possible. I think you are. A small irritating purple thing. And I would like to see you walk off the face of the earth because you are all that's wrong with my life. And I need you. And I claim you. The slowdown is a production of American public media in partnership with the library of congress and the poetry foundation to get a poem delivered to you daily. Go to slow down show dot org and sign up for our newsletter.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
"US poet laureate, Tracy k Smith, and this is the slowdown. Before I became apparent it used to be that traveling alone was a blissful enterprise. A chance to lift off from my known life and touchdown in a brand new adventure, and that initial feeling of lift-off when the plane I let go of the ground and rose as if weightless into the air that was the moment, my heart leapt in my chest, telling me, I was on my way now when I travel the feeling is different even when I'm excited by my destination and happy about what I'll be doing there that initial leap into the air feel so much more abrupt, it seems to be yanking me away from where I most want to be which is at home with my family. Up at night in hotels. Sometimes I worry will the kids wake up happy. Will they eat enough and brush their teeth and make it to the bus on time. Bill tomorrow be a good day. And those are just the small fears. There's a whole concert of larger worries that I as a parent carry like can I trust where they're going and that they'll be safe, and how will the people they come into contact with respond to the fact of their race. I guess the other question in my heart is something like will the world hold. Will there be enough? Trees and clean water. Will we hear in our pocket of space? Still no peace in a decade or two or three. I find today's poem on days when we both travel by bay area poet, Brenda Hillman to be incredibly useful in both my worry. And my hope and though the speaker may not be contemplating her children. There is a strong bond that of a life partner. She is mindful of we are so vulnerable. She seems to be realising. But there are small things that keep us anchored birdsong the birth of new baby words that prove others are struggling searching attempting to hang onto the large and small emblems of what matters. What does a poem any poem solve no matter the poem? The answer's always not enough life is rife with uncertainty. But I believe there is something real in the constellation of another human voice reporting back from its leg of the journey. On days when we both travel by Brenda Hillman. Everything is so stressful wasn't always like this air full of bitter flex from the fires, friends and despair over violence and money for many of feeling of being unhinged or if not unhinged. One screw taken out of the door. You got up and left before dawn taking afraid black bag. I left soon after that afraid going the opposite way daily this curtain between death and life than ks. Baby is born just north of here. Now, the four part call of the crow snags gravity from stars that crashed millions of years back the four floats and my blood like a broken chair in a flood on the play. Plane. I read the work of friends on earth abstract intimate grounded or rough difficult delved simple or winged. Sometimes poetry can't do enough or sometimes poetry can do enough. The slowdown is a production of American public media in partnership with the library of congress and the poetry foundation.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
"Poet laureate, Tracy k Smith, and this is the slowdown. History is full of shameful acts. We all know this. But we don't always realize how far such acts extend or how recently they were committed for example in my lifetime. It was United States policy to remove native American children from their family homes and force them into government boarding schools. Or foster care this form of deliberate cultural genocide ended in nineteen seventy eight when I was in the first grade, though, the damage incurred two generations of native families cannot be undone. We rarely speak of this in America. But owning up to the shame of such a policy is an important part of our national reckoning. There's a form of shame though that is sometimes directed at the innocent and the aggrieved it makes people feel like. Victimhood is the crime rather than oppression. The first thing that comes to mind for me when I think of this type of victim born shame is the feeling of embarrassment that I was made to feel along with the one or two other black kids in my elementary school classrooms. Whenever the time rolled around to discuss the air of slavery in US history. It was as though there were an unspoken acknowledgment that our ancestors dehumanisation and suffering at the hands of slaveholding whites was somehow their own fault. I don't wanna talk about. Slavery was how one kid staved off those feelings, and I never spoke up. But I knew what he meant. Because I felt it too. Why didn't anybody come to our rescue? And tell us that our shame was preposterous. Didn't everything else about childhood teach us that? If I hurt you again. And again, refusing to apologize refusing even to accept accountability for what I've done it is not you. But I who am to blame. But shame is like that. If you accept it, even if it's not yours to accept it becomes yours to keep which is why today's poem by poet and Monica an Indian tribe member. Karen would is so important. I think of it as an extra sim for the shame that victims wrongly bear for the injustices perpetrated against them. In memory of Shane by Karen would. Because it was our fault. And because we did nothing wrong because we spoke, and because we had nothing to say because we were ignorant, and because we knew too much because we neglected our children. And because we wanted to because we drank and because we stopped drinking because we were industrious, and because we had no energy because we were young old fat bony spineless cocky, selfish, selfless, frigid immoral guilty because we loved too much or not enough because we couldn't fry an egg correctly because the house hid dust in its corners because we were treated disrespectfully because we were children or women. Or not white or just not enough. Because we wanted to protect them. The slowdown is a production of American public media and partnership with the library of congress and the poetry foundation. To get a poem delivered to you daily. Go to slowdown show dot org and sign up for our newsletter and follow the slowdown on Instagram and Twitter at slow down show.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
"Yeah. I'm u s poet laureate. Tracy k Smith, and this is the slowdown. If I had to I'd say that the questions driving me as a poet, then possibly even as a person are these who. And what are we what fast mysterious system? Do we belong to? And why do we do the things we do to one another? I don't imagine. My questions are in any way unique. I suspect people have been asking some version of them since well since people began. It's not that. I'm so eager to know. What I am. And why I'm here though, that does intrigue me what fascinates me more has to do with the people. I love the ones who were once here and now are gone. Where have they gone? My mind persists in asking. As for the ones, I love who are here living breathing growing and even fighting their way through day after day. I struggled to imagine what brought them here. And why and how it is that our lives have managed to intersect one another one slight change of direction even just a dozen years ago, and whose husband or partner would my husband now be and what our children have found their way to earth through some other human mother, or would they have taken on an altogether different form. It's a puzzle that won't consent to being solved. Even when I land on something that seems to make sense. The matter won't stay resolved for long as if understanding is itself a barrier to the kind of certainty. I'm after. Of course, whatever we think we know about ourselves may have no bearing upon what the universe knows about itself. And who knows maybe the universe or whatever might exist beyond it understands as little of us as we do of it. Today's poem is walking home by poet, j Udal of tiptoe, Louisiana. I respond to the ease. Even the pleasure. The poem speaker takes with these great mysteries. The poem even seems to find satisfaction in the broad spectrum of possibilities that our lives on earth represent be they bright or Blake. Walking home by j Udal. I walked as if I went alone a world unto myself, a globe balanced onto strange sticks. But with each step the steady seeming earth held my dreaming weight and carried me along. With each unmindful breath air came to greet, my grateful lungs, and fed the blood that fed my brain without a plan without a thought. The sun escorted me as if he'd summoned these is into site lighting and warming the way waiting patiently whenever the breathing trees bathed me in their shade. And while I slept gravity. Kept me safe in my place among the other animals, eating one another. I knew the earthquake would come along with the flood hurricane drought tornado soon. Nami wayward meteor and then the hot finale with that waiting star still I loved the uncertain floor this house whose walls we've never found. The slowdown is a production of American public media in partnership with the library of congress and the poetry foundation to get a poem delivered to you daily. Go to slowdown show dot org and sign up for our newsletter.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on The Slowdown
"Poet laureate, Tracy k Smith, and this is the slowdown. I want to talk about something we tend to hide to Holden and deny something we all do something we can't help. But that we learn early on to rein in I'm talking about crying that strange capacity that seems to occupy the flipside of laughing little kids cry every day almost wantonly they cry when they fall down or when they can't have what they want. They cry when their feelings hurt or when something happy comes to an end. Then there comes an age when they or I should say, we stop crying who teaches us when the time has come for hiding how we feel for lying about what hurts. The first time I cried in front of my best friend was at a movie it was called the ice storm. I cried silently about I'm not sure what the death of a character the life of the onscreen family, which took place in an icy emotionless state the end of an era, I was too young to remember or something else altogether. I can't recall. I remember the occasion because my friend said it was touching to see someone crying like that undisguisedly. I think the second time I cried with that same friend was after a moment of friction between us had been mended on the occasion of saying, I'm sorry. And I love you to one another for the first time that time, we both shed tears not bothering to keep our feelings from showing it was spontaneous. And I believe something vulnerable and rare passed between us as if through an open aperture. Today's poem by British Ethiopian, poet, lamb Sissay makes me see this human thing, we do as beautiful, and I think it speaks to me because it seems to wish there were away for all of us in our suffering or shame or even our joy to be a little bit less remote from one another a little bit, less alone. Quiet places by Leme Sissay. Some people on bus seats, shake at the shoulders stoned Elvis's trying to dance after the gig some walk into the rain and look like they're smiling. Running mascara rights, sad bitter letters on their faces. Some drive their cars into lay bys or park, edges and cradle the steering wheel. Looking like headless drivers some sink they're open mounts into feather pillows and tremble on the bed like beached dolphins. Some people are bent as question marks when they weep and some are straight as exclamation marks. Some are soaking emotional do when they wake salt street maps etched into their faces some fine rooms and fall to the floor as if praying to Allah noiseless faces contorted in that silence. Scream that seems like laughter. Why is there not a tissue giver a man who looks for tears who makes the finest silk? Tissues and offers them for free. It seems to me that around each corner beneath each stone are humans quietly looking for a place to cry on their own. The slowdown is a production of American public media in partnership with the library of congress and the poetry foundation to get a poem delivered to you daily. Go to slow down show dot org and sign up for our newsletter. Follow the slowdown on Instagram and Twitter at slow down show.
"tracy k smith" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"My poem is going to be attract. But if I can say, what are the the sort of weird spaces that are under imagined? What are the areas where I m already perpetuating something that is part of what I envisioned as the problem, or what are the imagined spaces? I can enter into where I have to get uncomfortably close to that problem. That's where something really I think interesting starts to happen. I might finish a poem and see something differently. It doesn't necessarily change the sense of outrage that might also feel but it's eliminated something. That that feels productive. I think that discipline that you describe doesn't just apply to the writing of the poem like somehow. Outrage is justified can be justified at can be important. It can be a moral response. But finding how we let it drive us. And when we know in fact being motivated by it won't affect. Yeah. We actually need to affect. I mean, even those two words they feel so. It's a forceful, but it doesn't feel creative generative and changing things is it's a generative act. I think can I read a poem. Yes. Okay. There's a. A photo that everybody's probably seen that came out of the black lives matter movement a couple years ago. It's called unrest in Baton Rouge. And it depicts a woman. Her name is Asia Evans, she's wearing this Ghazi sundress blowing in the wind. And then on the other side of the frame. There are a row of police officers in combat gear, and I was invited to write a poem about that image, which I saw and I felt something like certain and powerful when I saw it. But the poem had me think differently had to come up with different terms for what I saw and those terms pushed me to think about what we do or what we might do differently. Push me to think about fear, which is also I think part of that image differently. Unrest in Baton Rouge. Our bodies run with ink dark blood blood pools in the pavements scenes. Is it strange to say love is a language few practice, but all or near all speak. Even the men in black armor, the ones jangling, handcuffs and keys. What else are they so buffered against if not loves blade? Sizing up the hearts from millier meat. We watch and grieve we sleep stir eat. Love the heart sliced open, gut it clean. Love naked almost in the everlasting street, skirt lifted by a different kind of breeze. It felt almost frightening to put love in the center of that image and to imagine that the officers which to me seem like the threat were susceptible to something that's stronger than they are which is love it made me also say, right? I mean, if I am going to love a stranger or even my neighbor, I'm vulnerable to them. And I've got to say, okay. I know this is important to me. But I think about being faithful to what's important to you and so- framing it like that. I mean, the terms in the poem change my sense of what's at stake, not just in the photograph. But in in our interactions with each other, and that felt sort of scary and productive. I'm Krista Tippett. And this is on being today. A public conversation with the US poet laureate. Tracy k Smith..
"tracy k smith" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"Oh, it's such a joy to be here. I just I said to somebody backstage I've wanted to come to gesture in forever. This is such a legendary sacred place and such a creative religious place. Into Bahir with Tracy k Smith. I I've been. We have known. So when did we start? Oh, you you turned up on the stage of this selected shorts. And that was the first time we met and I knew and so I've known I wanted to speak with her for a long time. But now when we've been together, I have been purposely, not speaking about anything full. It's all here with you tonight. And I even avoided or backstage, so. Okay. And you are the fifty second US put laureate. I think all the time about this moment, we inhabit and. You know, the day after the election of two thousand sixteen it feels so clear to me that. Whoever had one well actually moving through that lawyer who ever had won the work head, and I always found myself coming up with these images of like sewing or knitting, which I don't do. But like stitching weaving mending, whatever come in life. Can be for the twenty-first century must be for the twenty first century. And I think we would have had to reinvent that. Anyway, because it was never going to be what it was in nine hundred fifty six or two thousand six but then there's this ad there. Are these chasms were suddenly revealed many of which already been there we haven't seen them? So you here in this community have been doing this work of I think at re imagining matters of common life at the intersection of religion, and politics, and Tracy has spent the last year using her stature in the ceremony of her role as poet laureate being out there in the country and being in parts of the country that she didn't know before. And there's one place you said I'd love this. You said. Of because the poet laureate can kind of do what they want with the role. But you said I I wanted to see if it's true that the feelings poems alert us to equip us to transcendent cross divides, and you've specifically focused on the geographic divide. But but naming the fact that those geographic divides contain so many other points of identity separation. So here we are. So we are going to have a conversation up here for half an hour, forty minutes. And then we're going to open it up for some questions that might be on your mind. I will I think somebody will wave at me in a little while until you believe you may have did everybody have a card on their seat. So at some point we'll collect those cards will speak for ten more minutes. And then we'll open it up, and we'll close the our back up here together. And I brought Wade in the water and you brought everything. So I want you to feel free. Like, I may ask you to read some poems. I want us want you to feel free. If you feel called just pull out a book any book. So you were born in Massachusetts in race in northern California. I wonder how you would how you would begin to describe the religious and spiritual background your childhood. Well. I was born into a household work. God lived that's what it feels like my parents were both. Faithful people problem the south. I think they had different different relationships to that faith, but they both came from the black church and my parents were born in the mid thirties. And I understand that the community that the church fostered was spiritual and social, you know, there's the sense of you know, God can make your life better. And if we can look out for each other, and if we can hold ourselves to a standard of discipline. It's going to be a lot easier to live in the segregated plays. So I think I got both strains of that growing up. I mean generation leader the political climate was different. But. I think the sense of discipline and the sense that we oh something larger than ourselves. Our best was a big part of what I was raised just knowing. But faith was also. Something that my mother cleaved to toward the end of her life. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was leaving home for college. And..
'Pink Sisterhood Chronicles' gala raises breast cancer awareness in African-American community
"The African American museum is hosting a special gala this week to kick off breast cancer awareness month KYW share day Howard reports the pink sisterhood chronicles gala celebrating the fourth volume of their book series written by Philadelphia, author Tracy Smith the series addresses. The unique struggles of African American women with breast cancer. Keynote speaker Dr muni, Gary Tracy file as an organization started by an African American woman who had breast cancer and felt lighter stories we're not being told. And so she began initially four years ago with a book called the thanks sister. Chronicle the gala raises funds to help improve the quality of life of patients while in treatment. We really wanted to highlight that earning of thirteen women of color who are dealing with breast cancer. Gary says the books are special to her because both her grandmother and mother suffered from