Hans Magnus Enzensberger & Tracy K. Smith

Portrait of mentor Hans Magnus Enzensberger and protégée Tracy K. Smith, Munich 2010.

Portrait of mentor Hans Magnus Enzensberger and protégée Tracy K. Smith, Munich 2010.

Valentino Pier at Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York.

Valentino Pier at Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith enjoys a book at Broken English restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith enjoys a book at Broken English restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, pictured in his home office, says he is “not good at institutional life”.
Münich, Germany

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, pictured in his home office, says he is “not good at institutional life”. Münich, Germany

Tracy K. Smith fossicks at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith fossicks at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, New York.

Even when mentor Hans Magnus Enzensberger was a publisher – for 20 years – he never worked office hours.

Even when mentor Hans Magnus Enzensberger was a publisher – for 20 years – he never worked office hours.

Tracy K. Smith considers her Brooklyn home to be a writer’s retreat.

Tracy K. Smith considers her Brooklyn home to be a writer’s retreat.

View from the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.

View from the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.

Tracy K. Smith, working and reading at her home in Brooklyn.

Tracy K. Smith, working and reading at her home in Brooklyn.

Princeton cup of coffee.

Princeton cup of coffee.

Tracy K. Smith, takes the opportunity to write at the restaurant Broken English, in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith, takes the opportunity to write at the restaurant Broken English, in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith reads Mary Karr’s Lit, a memoir, at her home in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith reads Mary Karr’s Lit, a memoir, at her home in Brooklyn, New York.

Tracy K. Smith keeps a stack of books at hand.

Tracy K. Smith keeps a stack of books at hand.

Tracy K. Smith working and reading at the Brooklyn restaurant, Broken English.

Tracy K. Smith working and reading at the Brooklyn restaurant, Broken English.