Life on Mars: Space Exploration Through Poetry

As the Space Shuttle Endeavor rockets into space one last time, a poet here on earth explores the cosmos through words. Tracy K. Smith, a creative writing professor at Princeton University, talks about her book, Life on Mars, which ponders the relationship between our lives and the universe.

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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