Ordinary Light: A Memoir (2015) by Tracy K. Smith


Critical Assessment "In 'Ordinary Light,' Smith writes as a daughter who has lost her mother and is thinking of her own daughter as she submits to the 'powerful nostalgia for the very years I was in the process of living, when the world of my family was the only heaven I needed to believe in.' Every line of her prose is well behaved. But ambition had been there all along: 'I wanted to write the kind of poetry that people read and remembered, that they lived by — the kinds of lines that I carried with me from moment to moment [...]