Poetry. In THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW, Thomas R. Smith embraces and elaborates the hope for a better future, against the backdrop of turbulent times. His long-standing fascination with form leads to surprising, fertile juxtapositions of blues, ghazals, and Nerudean "elemental odes," reflecting not only the complexity of a multicultural America but a reverence for literary and artistic forebears as various as John Clare and Mississippi John Hurt. THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW finds him writing at the height of his powers, bringing the world's abundance within his poems' vibrant circumference.
Thomas R. Smith is author of nine books of poems, Keeping the Star (New Rivers Press, 1988), Horse of Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 1994), The Dark Indigo Current (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), Winter Hours (Red Dragonfly Press, 2005), Waking Before Dawn (Red Dragonfly Press, 2007), THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010), THE GLORY (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), Windy Day at Kabekona: New and Selected Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2018) and STORM ISLAND (Red Dragonfly Press, 2020). He has also edited several books, most recently Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer (Graywolf Press, 2013). His prose work, Poetry on the Side of Nature: Writing the Nature Poem as an Act of Survival, is newly published by Folded Word Press. He teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.Author City: RIVER FALLS, WI USA