World of Science
Science can be found all around you, everything you look at contains some aspect of science within it. Tracy K. Smith uses her poems to draw our attention towards the science used in everyday life. Throughout her book of poems Life on Mars she uses mystical beings or characters to help portray the science around us.
Smith starts off the book with a poem called “Sci-Fi” (pg7); having science plainly in the name of the poem she gets the point across that the poem does involve science. With science already in the mind of the reader Smith is able to make any connection she wants in science and literature. This poems focus is on history and the future;
“History, with its hard spine & dog-eared
Corners, will be replaced
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Glancing up” were we are getting the glimpse of someone who is at the therapist, scared and nervous to talk to the therapist. Smith adds the relation of people talking to therapists as in going back in time to look at the past, as in science looking through a telescope at the stars is looking at the past. The stars that we look at have taken so much time to pass through space even moving at the speed of light take so much time to reach us that we are looking at light that could easily not be existent anymore. This is a factor within the readers thinking because it brings forth the frightened emotion of never knowing what the future may hold, we may believe what we see but our perceptions deceive us. With Smith relating the poems and science to the past and future it seems that all she is missing is the present, which Smith does bring up in her poem “Alternate Take” (pg. 67). With starting the beginning of the book with the past and he middle with the future it is only right that Smith ends her book with a poem about the present. Science as we know it now is always changing, scientists come up with new theories and hypothesis every day. We will never be done discovering or inventing; science is in everything all around us and will be in everything that is found or created in the future. In Smiths lines, “I’ve been beating my head all day long on the same six