Poetry Challenge: “Duende” by Tracy K. Smith

This week, we’re going contemporary and memorizing “Duende” by Tracy K. Smith. It’s much longer than the Dorothy Parker poem from a few weeks ago, but we like a challenge, right?

Born in 1972, Smith has a prestigious resume, including a B.A. from Harvard and an MFA from Columbia University. Her book of poetry, Life on Mars, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2012.

Want to memorize it? Here it is!

Here’s my cat’s reaction to last week’s poem recitation:

You really need to work on your delivery, mom.
You really need to work on your delivery, mom.

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[E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

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