Poetry. Old loves—especially music and art—once again kindle a poetry of beguiling eloquence and erudition for Jordan Smith and highlights of this collection include two memorable suites of poems: "Eight Hats," based on paintings by Walter Hatke, and "Sketches for a Novel," drawing on paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland. The pull of the past is strong for Smith and these poems are replete with references to touchstones of other eras—straw boaters, Wobblies, R.D. Laing, old time hymns, Monopoly games...but nostalgia is leavened by a new political urgency, the ecstasies and explicatives of today.
Jordan Smith is the author of seven books of poems, including LITTLE BLACK TRAIN (Three Mile Harbor Press, 2020), Clare's Empire, a fantasia on the life and work of John Clare from The Hydroelectric Press, The Light in the Film from the University of Tampa Press, and THE HOUSEHOLD OF CONTINUANCE (Copper Beech Press, 1992). The recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, he lives with his wife, Malie, in upstate New York, where he plays fiddle and is the Edward Everett Hale Jr., Professor of English at Union College.Author City: USA