Saturday, April 21, 2018

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April 21, 2018

The Tree of Knowledge

Shane McCrae
Shane McCrae reads "The Tree of Knowledge."

About This Poem


"'The Tree of Knowledge' is part of a tiny sequence of poems featuring a being I call 'the hastily assembled angel.' A lot of the poems I've been writing lately seem to me to be very belated responses to the Martian poetry that briefly appeared in the United Kingdom about forty years ago, and so feature protagonists to whom Earth seems even more strange than it seems to people who live on Earth in a more everyday way. If our country is going to be led by a comic-book villain, our poems might as well be filled with Martians."
—Shane McCrae


Shane McCrae is the author, most recently, of The Gilded Auction Block forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Poetry by McCrae


In the Language of My Captor

(Wesleyan University Press, 2017)

"The Alien" by Greg Delanty


"Lighthead's Guide to the Galaxy" by Terrance Hayes


"Severance Songs, 2.1" by Joshua Corey


April Guest Editor: Tracy K. Smith


Thanks to Tracy K. Smith, current United States poet laureate and author of Wade in the Water (Graywolf Press, 2018), who curated Poem-a-Day this month. Read more about Smith and our guest editors for the year.

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"The Tree of Knowledge" by Shane McCrae