“Perhaps the great error is believing/We’re alone/That the others have come and gone/A momentary blip,” goes Tracy K. Smith’s poem “The Universe: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” from her 2012 Pulitzer-winning collection Life on Mars. Taking inspiration from both David Bowie and the work of her late father, an engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope, Smith delves into dark and scary places unknown as she writes about everything from her father’s death to modern-day horrors, including Abu Ghraib and the father who kept his daughter locked in a cell. Tonight, the Brooklyn-based Smith will be reading at the Strand along with her friend, Brooklyn’s poet laureate Tina Chang.
Tue., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., 2012

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