Poet’s Nook:”The Everlasting Self” by Tracy K. Smith


NationalSawdust+ presents Tracy K. Smith and Sō Percussion 5-23-2019 from National Sawdust on Vimeo.



Comes in from a downpour
Shaking water in every direction —
A collaborative condition:
Gathered, shed, spread, then
Forgotten, reabsorbed. Like love
From a lifetime ago, and mud
A dog has tracked across the floor.


Love this meditative loop of verse, accompanied by music ensemble. It flows in a kind of soulful meta-meditation on the haunting, looping, interminable nature of the self that animates each ephemeral constellation of atoms comprising a human being.

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