4 poets you need to read, from new poet laureate Tracy K. Smith

Last week, the Library of Congress selected Tracy K. Smith as the new poet laureate. In a conversation with NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown, Smith said the position was a chance for her to “profess publicly all that I really hold true privately — that if we can listen actively enough, if we can put enough pressure on ourselves and our thought processes, language can be a real tool of revelation.”

Smith, who is the author of three books of poetry, one of which won the Pulitzer...

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