The debut collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States
* Winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize *
You are pure appetite. I am pure
Appetite. You are a phantom
In that far-off city where daylight
Climbs cathedral walls, stone by stolen stone.
–from “Self-Portrait as the Letter Y”
The Body’s Question by Tracy K. Smith received the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African-American poet, selected by Kevin Young. Continue reading