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Sci-Fi by the beautiful and talented Tracy K. Smith

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Transcript of Sci-Fi by the beautiful and talented Tracy K. Smith

"Sci-Fi" by the Beautiful and Talented Tracy K. Smith
Pulitzer Prize Winner
Pulitzer - "a collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain"(The Pulitzer).

Joel Brouwer from the New York Times says this book "first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled" (Brouwer)

Lu, an Indie Lit Award judge, said, "I love the concept behind this poem and the way it really plays with some of the more common tropes of science fiction, like curved lines, but then makes its way into something unique" (Lu).
Sci-Fi
There will be no edges, but curves.
Clean lines pointing only forward.

History, with its hard spine & dog-eared Corners, will be replaced with nuance,

Just like the dinosaurs gave way
To mounds and mounds of ice.

Women will still be women, but
The distinction will be empty. Sex,

Having outlived every threat, will gratify
Only the mind, which is where it will exist.

For kicks, we'll dance for ourselves
Before mirrors studded with golden bulbs.

The oldest among us will recognize that glow— But the word sun will have been re-assigned

To a Standard Uranium-Neutralizing device
Found in households and nursing homes.

And yes, we'll live to be much older, thanks
To popular consensus. Weightless, unhinged,

Eons from even our own moon, we'll drift
In the haze of space, which will be, once

And for all, scrutable and safe.
Analysis
(Yay fun)
Cultivating Her Interest
Describing her path to becoming a poet, Tracy K. Smith said "I remember a particular afternoon in the spring of my sophomore year, being blown away by the visceral impact of Seamus Heaney's poem "Digging." I felt transported by the sounds of language and compelled by the ways in which looking closely and remembering rendered an almost cinematic kind of transformation... I decided from that point that I wanted to commit to becoming a poet" (An Interview).
Works Cited
Smith, Tracy K. "The Line Between Two Worlds: Tracy K. Smith and Elizabeth Alexander in Conversation." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.

Early Life
Born on April 16, 1972, in Falmouth, MA
Moved and was raised in North Carolina
"An Interview with Tracy K. Smith." Devil's Lake. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013
Smith, Tracy K. "Sci-Fi." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.

Other bio
Received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from Harvard University
Received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University in 1997
Participated as a Stegner Fellow (a 2 year workshop-based program) at Stanford University from 1997-1999
She has taught at the City University of New York, University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University
In 2005 she joined the faculty of Princeton University where she is currently a professor of creative writing
Her father, an engineer on the hubble space telescope, passed away in 2008 and was the reason for this collection of poems
"Brooklyn Poet Tracy K. Smith Wins Pulitzer on Her Birthday." NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.
"The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation." The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.
Brouwer, Joel. "Poems of Childhood, Grief and Deep Space." The New York Times. New York Times, n.d. Web.
By: Colin Kinkade and Matt Miller
by Tracy K. Smith
"Just like the dinosaurs gave way/To mounds and mounds of Ice" (5-6). simile,repetition, allusion
"And yes, we'll live to be much older, thanks/To popular consensus"(17-18). stereotype.
Lu. "Regular Rumination." Regular Rumination. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013.
Theme Statement
In the poem "Sci-Fi" by Tracy K. Smith, the author shows how the youth in America only knows artificial existence and shows their dependency on technology.
"The oldest among us will recognize that glow/ But the word sun will have been re-assigned/To a Standard Uranium-Neutralizing device" (13-15)
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