Poetry. "The poems in NO SMALL THINGS are convergent streams, bringing the unexpected together. Some come from the vocabulary of scientific observation, some from the Buddhist tradition, such as Han Shan's, of hermit in the landscape. Still others have a trace of American Transcendentalism, for here the poet is walking along with others. The central core of this work is how perception shifts, takes us away from a limited sense of self and into more interconnected realms. The poems that describe the experience of a stroke at a relatively young age cover a terrain that is usually unknown and unexpressed. Making this experience accessible to the reader is sure to help others. For the title of this collection is true, and it is the task of the poet and poetry to make sure we notice this, over and over."—Miriam Sagan
Michael G. Smith is an early-retired chemist. His poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in many literary journals and anthologies, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, the Kerf, Nimrod, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Superstition Review, and other literary journals and anthologies. A chapbook, The Dark is Different in Reverse, was published by Bitterzoet Press in 2013. NO SMALL THINGS, a book of poetry, was published by Tres Chicas Books in 2014. He has had writing residencies at Jentel (Banner, WY) and with the Spring Creek Project (Oregon State University) at Shotpouch Cabin and the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. He lives in Santa Fe, NM.
Author City: SANTA FE, NM USA