This was my first time reading any Tracy Smith, even though her collection „Life on Mars“ has been recommended to me multiple times, and I will definitely pick it up as I really liked this poem a lot!
To sum it up, in this poem Smith talks about how our world used to be and to what we’re changing it up to:
My favorite line was: “The oldest among us will recognize that glow—
But the word sun will have been re-assigned
To the Standard Uranium-Neutralizing device
Found in households and nursing homes.”
As someone who does appreciate the positive sides of technology in some ways, but is basically probably unrealistically romanticizing a world where it does not take over, this poem deeply resonated with me. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by what is possible now and the lack of actual human interactions. It’s hard for me to get out my shell, because I feel it all feels so superficial at times.
And then I stop and go check my Instagram and post a picture.
What I’m trying to say is that we’re so caught up in a world of technology, even when it’s making you feel overwhelmed, you’re always joining in in some ways. Poems like this, where you step back and reflect, are extremely valuable and necessary.
It makes us stop, and ask ourselves: Do we really want a world where everything is artificial, documented and completely planned out, following all the newest-tech trends, even human interactions?
For this imputs, I highly appreciate the poem!