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Morning Poem, December 15, 2014

    Christmas Eve   Christmas is night dark and silent. The silence in the stable then the darkness broken by a flickering torch. The silence now in the suburban streets the darkness broken by twinkling, electric lights Every car … Continue reading

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Advice to Aspiring Poets: Creativity as Spirituality

Shelton College Quarterly’s interview of the school’s poet in residence, David Smith, continues below. When transcription is completed, the entirety of the interview will be published – in order – in the Quarterly. Ed.) SCQ: Do you want to leave … Continue reading

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Why Men Should Read Jane Austen #3

Men should read Jane Austen not only because she gives us a clear perspective on what women legitimately expect from men and not only because she gives us a clear picture of what men often look like to women, but because … Continue reading

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The Characteristics Of Modern Poets #13

The modern poet works under the assumption that everyone before him has missed the mark, at least by a little.  Nonetheless, he is content, time and again, to say of his own work, “This is close enough.”   copyright 2014

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The Characteristics of Modern Poets #12

The mystic, having once seen the truth, is patient and brave.  For him, there is no worship of counterfeit gold and no fear of counterfeit power.

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Evening Post, August 14. 2014

A memoir: a prose poem It is always August.  There was something in those thirty days under the Dog Star that seemed permanent and everlasting.   The weeks in June and July had been long enough to dim the memory of … Continue reading

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Evening Post, August 13, 2014: Excerpt from Novel

This evening’s post is a passage from my novel,In The Forest Of The Night. It is a description of a state trooper (who is investigating a murder) driving from the rural coalfields of southern West Virginia to the State Capital. … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Modern Poets: #1

A modern poet must be precise enough to be obscure in the right places.

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Poem of The Morning, August 7, 2014

Here it is, the second installment in this three-part prose poem about a creek behind my boyhood home.  I’ve reprinted part one here, too, so you won’t have to refer back to yesterday’s post.  I hope you enjoy this.  Comments … Continue reading

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What I Love About Blogging (X): Permanence

Once I press the Publish button, the work has a permanent place in that great cloud in the sky.  It will not get lost in a desk drawer, inadvertently given away between the pages of a lent book or reduced … Continue reading

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