I read Smith’s book, Life on Mars last summer when I was living at my girlfriend’s apartment and working in Iowa City. She’d picked the book up from a place she’d worked a few years ago, where it had been left behind by another student. I enjoyed reading the book for my own reasons but my favorite part was observing her notes in the margins. I believe good poetry deserves a closer look: it should challenge you to ask questions and take a chance at your own interpretation, whether it’s “right” or not. I think a reader’s projection of meaning is just as important as what I have in mind as I create new poetry.
That being said, one of my favorites from Life on Mars is “My God It’s Full of Stars”