Wade in the Water – Tracy K. Smith


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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. 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. The various connotations of the title, taken from a spiritual once sung on the Underground Railroad which smuggled slaves to safety in 19th-century America, resurface throughout the book, binding past and present together. Collaged voices and documents recreate both the correspondence between slave owners and the letters sent home by African Americans enlisted in the US Civil War.