Life on Mars: Poems - Pages 65 - 70 Summary & Analysis

Tracy K. Smith
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“Willed in Autumn” describes a moment of physical intimacy between the speaker and their partner. “I grip the sheets, telling time/to get lost,” the speaker says, wishing the moment would last forever (65). The speaker closes their eyes and begins to dream about a small plot of land with goats, where it rains every night and the sun returns every morning. “I am writing this so it will stay true,” the speaker says, as if to will their dream into reality as they continue to imagine their life with their partner in this dream world (65).

In “Song” the speaker meditates on the hands of a loved one, first imagining them “all those years ago/learning to maneuver a pencil,” and continuing all the way up to the present, “resting on the wheel or the edge of your knee” (66). The speaker ends the poem...

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