Duende: Poems Audiobook, by Tracy K. Smith Play Audiobook Sample

Duende: Poems Audiobook

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Read By: Tracy K. Smith Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781681689005

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Longest Chapter Length:

13:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

36 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

02:57 minutes

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Publisher Description

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.

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“Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith has a voice that is almost as beautiful as the imagery in this second collection of her work. She uses her voice well to clarify the structure of each poem and avoid the tics (such as that rising lilt at the end of each line) that make so many poets poor readers of their own work. Her reading is helped, of course, by the outstanding quality of her poetry—which stands at the front of contemporary American literature. If you already know her work, this is a chance to hear her interpret it; if you don’t, this is a chance to discover something wonderful. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • "These thirty poems are roving, alluding to diverse countries and political situations, often shifting perspectives and locations abruptly between sections. Identity and history are often sources of pain, and Smith adopts various marginalized personas unhinged by displacement…The poet’s lyric brilliance and political impulses never falter under the considerable weight of her subject matter.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the twenty-second 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.