“A poem is always a wish, always an attempt to do the impossible: to carry the poet and reader over space and time and to set them down in a world whose tools will become familiar and functional as the poem itself unfolds.” —Tracy K. Smith

Read more from the new Poet Laureate’s conversation with Elizabeth Alexander about her Laughlin Award-winning book, Duende: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/line-between-two-worlds-tracy-k-smith-and-elizabeth-alexander-conversation