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Essay on Poetic Theory
By Langston Hughes1926

One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, “I want to be a poet—not a Negro poet,” meaning, I believe, “I want to write like a white poet”; meaning subconsciously, “I would like to...

Featured Poet: Tracy K. Smith
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      Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. She earned a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997...

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      From NewsHour Poetry Series

      Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith's third book, explores the cosmos through words. The Princeton creative writing professor and poet reflects on the relationship between our lives and the universe...

    • Article for Teachers
      By Carol Jago

      Science fiction poems in the classroom.

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      From Poetry Off the ShelfJuly 2018

      Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.

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      By Tracy K. Smith
      We like to think of it as parallel to what we know,
      Only bigger. One man against the authorities.
      Or one man against a city of zombies. One man
      Who is not, in fact, a man, sent to...

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      By Tracy K. Smith
      He has
                    sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people
      He has plundered our
                                                 ravaged our

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