Poetry. Moving freely through poetry's pictorial fragmentariness and literal fragments of prose, with a streaming, equanimous, nondiscriminatory referentiality, Corless-Smith proposes and confers with entities in "the janus-faced doorway" of antiquity and contemporaneity; inference and exposition; soul and body—the "experience and the coming-into-history of that experience." ENGLISH FRAGMENTS is the final volume in a trilogy of "alternate selves and alternate literary histories."
One of Boston Review poetry editor TimothyDonnelly's six favorite poetry books of 2010Micah Cavaleri @ Galatea Resurrects
Martin Corless-Smith was born and raised in Worcestershire, England. He is a poet, painter and essayist. His books of poetry include Of Piscator, COMPLETE TRAVELS (West House Books, 2000), NOTA (Fence Books, 2003), SWALLOWS (Fence Books, 2006), ENGLISH FRAGMENTS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SOUL (Fence Books, 2010), BITTER GREEN (Fence Books, 2015), and THE FOOL AND THE BEE (Shearsman Books, 2019). His first book of fiction, THIS FATAL LOOKING GLASS, was published by SplitLevel Texts in April, 2015. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Boise State University. Author City: BOISE, ID USA