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The Body’s Question: Poems
by Tracy K. Smith

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    List Price: $16.00
    Format: Paperback, 72 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781555973919
    Imprint: Graywolf Press
    Publisher: Graywolf Press
    Parent Company: Graywolf Press
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    The Body’s Question debuts Tracy K. Smith’s ambitious and engaging new voice

    You are pure appetite. I am pure
    Appetite. You are a phantom
    In that far-off city where daylight
    Climbs cathedral walls, stone by stolen stone.
    from “Self-Portrait as the Letter Y”

    The Body’s Question received the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African-American poet, selected by Kevin Young. Confronting loss, historical intersections with race and family, and the threshold between childhood and adulthood, Smith gathers courage and direction from the many disparate selves encountered in these poems, until, as she writes, “I was anyone I wanted to be.”

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