Life on Mars: Poems - Pages 1 - 14 Summary & Analysis

Tracy K. Smith
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In the first poem of the collection, “The Weather in Space,” the speaker poses the initial question to the reader “Is God being or pure force? The wind/or what commands it?” (3). They then go on to muse on how humanity reacts to certain existential moments and threats, and ultimately the futility of human endeavor encapsulated by the closing image of the poem, “When the storm/kicks up … we go chasing/after all we’re certain to lose … faces radiant with panic” (3).

In “Sci-Fi” the speaker begins by describing their vision of the future, claiming “There will be no edges, but curves./Clean lines pointing only forward” (7). This vision then focuses on not just the environment, but the state of humanity within it, envisioning a world in which distinctions of gender are “empty” and sex gratifies “only the mind, which is where it...

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