A friend introduced me to the poet’s work via her poem, “Appetite.” I knew from my first reading I wanted to read more of Ms. Smith’s work. Ms. Smith is young, articulate, and talented. Kevin Young in his introduction of her work writes, “…She seems to speak in tongues, to speak about that thing even beyond language, answering The Body’s Question of her title.
"How delightful it is to fall under the lucid and quite more than lovely spell of Tracy K. Smith's debut collection. Smith's work is deceptively plain-spoken, but these are poems that are powerfully wrought, inspiring in all the clarity of their many gospel truths. The Body's Question announces a remarkable new voice, brilliantly bundled, ingeniously belted down." --Lucie Brock-Broido