Author: Harry Smith | ISBN: 0980008131 : 9780980008135 | Format: Paperback | Size: 140x215mm | Pages: 78 | Weight: .12 Kg. | Published: Presa Press – September 2008 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Poetry texts & anthologies
This collection contains fifty-two new poems
by the venerable literary activist/publisher/poet Harry Smith, selected by the poet at the age of seventy-one. The collection is divided into two sections of poems. The first, Modern Ballads, celebrates common objects of nature and experiences, based in narrative. The second section, Olden Lyrics, contains a wide variety of lyric poems that are simultaneously both deft and expansive. Smith’s work displays a level of humor and philosophy seldom encountered in contemporary literature. Highly recommended for all collections of current American poetry.
Harry Joseph Smith
(born 1936) is a poet, editor and essayist who divides his time between Maine and New York City. Educated at Brown University, Smith first became known in the small press world as the editor of The Smith, a literary magazine and small press founded in the mid-1960s. Typical prose can be found in The Sexy Sixties (2002), poetry in Trinity (1975), Sonnets to P.L.A. (1979), and Ballads for the Possessed (1987). His magazine and press featured among others James T. Farrell, Menke Katz, Stanley Nelson, Sidney Bernard, Bill Rane and Richard (Ward) Morris. A new anthology of avant-garde poetry Inside the Outside (2006) features a generous selection of his poetry. He is married to the playwright, Clare Melley Smith. source
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