Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Winner of the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Essay/Creative Non-Fiction. A moving nonfiction debut by Mississippi Delta poet Mike Smith, this memoir-in-essays, AND THERE WAS EVENING AND THERE WAS MORNING: ESSAYS ON ILLNESS, LOSS, AND LOVE, tracks the loss of Smith's first wife to cancer after the birth of the second child, offering a portrait of marriage, family, and tragedy. In honest, and at times darkly comic terms, Smith documents the strange set of coincidences between his first wife's illness and his stepdaughter's similar battle the year his second marriage began, and examines blended families, remarriage, helping children find ways to cope with the loss of a parent, and the influence of spirituality upon loss. Author Tony D'Souza calls Smith "a reflective and precise writer, [who] invites us to walk each step with him as his heart is annihilated." Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling, says, "What a gift Mike Smith has given us... His prose is nuanced, his voice considered and considerate, his wisdom hard-earned but never bitter. There is beauty and solace here and gorgeous imagery. Smith has written a book for all of us who are dying—which is to say, all of us who are living, and our lives will be the better for having read it." Author Julianna Baggott's writes: "What I love most is that this isn't a book about learning to let go but instead learning that the heart can expand to hold more love..."
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Mike Smith has published four collections of poetry, including POCKET GUIDE TO ANOTHER EARTH (Dos Madres Press, 2018), BYRON IN BAGHDAD (BlazeVOX books) and MULTIVERSE (BlazeVOX books). His translation of the first part of Goethe's Faust was published by Shearsman Books, and he is co-editor of the anthology, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text, published by Columbia University Press. His memoir, AND THERE WAS EVENING AND THERE WAS MORNING (WTAW Press, 2017), won the Gold Medal for Essay/Creative Non-Fiction in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards. He lives with his family of seven deep in the Mississippi Delta.Author City: CLEVELAND, MS USA