Wade In The Water By Tracy Smith.

The Diverse Reader Wade In The Water Tracy Smith Book Review

Title: Wade In The Water

Author: Tracy Smith

Genre: Poetry

Published: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Total Pages: 88 pages

Topics Include: Cultural poetry & First person encounters from individuals other than the author herself from immigrates, slaves, and more.

Amazon Synopsis: In Wade in the Water, 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. 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.

I have always been told about this specific author. I have been wanting to read her book for awhile and when I noticed that she wrote a new book. It was time for me to put it on hold at the library. I will probably be reading her other books as well since she was able to grab my attention with this specific book. Wade In The Water has a unique theme and the name of the book gives somewhat of an insight to what the book is all about. 

My favorite poem:

Mr abarham lincon
I wont to knw sir if you please
whether I can have my own son relest
from the arme    he is all the subport
I have now           his father is Dead
and his brother that wase all
the help I had      he has bean wonded
twise    he has not had nothing to send me yet
now I am old and my head is blossaming
for the grave and if you do I hope
the lord will bless you and me
tha say that you will simpethise
withe the poor       he be long to the
eight rigmat colard troops
he is a sarjent
mart welcom is his name

pg. 24

My thoughts: 

When I got this book from the library, I honestly did not know what to expect. I never read Tracy Smith's books before and this book did not disappoint for my first experience of reading a book by Smith. I was able to get poems about civil war vets, slaves intellect, immigrants, and more. I felt like I was constantly reading stories and learning about the pain people have went through throughout history. I was able to get a piece of history in this book because of Wade In The Water being a slavery song and the experiences slaves were going through.

Smith was able to use poetry from multiple backgrounds and they were so unique because you felt their pain through first person narration. The poems used in this book came from different encounters and was more like a history book because of the language and context. There were poems written by Smith and some poems she was able to use from other sources but they all correlated.

Wade In The Water was different than other poetry books that I have read recently because it was not in the normal modern poetry that is out today. It was something from the past as if Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison would create these same poems. It included poetry from letters and reports that someone would find researching at the library.

Overall, I thought the poems were well chosen and written. I could see why each poem was created or chosen by Smith. Each poem told a story and made the audience learn something. I took away multiple lessons and stories after reading Smith's book. I cannot wait to read another one of her books. 

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