This book of poems by Tracy Smith was historical yet lyrical. The unique part of her work was that some of the works were inspired by documents during the time of the Civil War to the present. She would explain in her notes at the end where the inspiration came from.
The second poem was a letter from Martin Lee to the head of the Freeman’s Bureau in Georgia. I would consider her work as historical poetry because of the resources of her work that helps us understand about our history. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history as well as poetry.