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Fiction: Poetry
Unabridged   1.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/23/2018

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688992
Digital Download ISBN:9781681689005


Duende is the award-winning second collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States.

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Duende, that dark and elusive force described by Federico García Lorca, is the creative and ecstatic power an artist seeks to channel from within. It can lead the artist toward revelation, but it must also, Lorca says, accept and even serenade the possibility of death. Tracy K. Smith's bold second poetry collection explores history and the intersections of folk traditions, political resistance, and personal survival. Duende gives passionate testament to suppressed cultures, and allows them to sing.


“She [Tracy K. Smith] uses her voice well to clarify the structure of each poem." —AudioFile Earphones Winner

"The most persuasively haunted poems here are those where [Smith] casts herself not simply as a dutiful curator of personal history but a canny medium of fellow feeling and the stirrings of the collective unconscious . . . [And] it's this charged air of rapt apprehension that gives her spare, fluid lines their coolly incantatory tenor as she warms to the task of channeling disquieting visions and fugitive voices."—The New York Times Book Review on The Body's Question

Author Bio

Tracy K. Smith is the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and recipient of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Life on Mars. Duende, her second book, received the 2006 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.