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July 31, 2022 / barton smock

( reading ( blood to bathe us in its blue past ( & ) untouched in the capital of soon

so I did this really long rather awkward reading from my last two self-publications but I do mean what I say or at least what one can hear of it:



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untouched in the capital of soon, 187 pages
poems, Sept 2021
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blood to bathe us in its blue past, 217 pages
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August 23, 2021 / barton smock

Poem-A-Day at poets.org

I have all the words that have gone missing to say that I am thankful for being in the August 2021 run of Poem-A-Day at poets.org as guest edited by Kazim Ali

Read my poem here

about the poem:

“I can't speak for all fathers, but my own fathering is littered with necessary and fake finalities. As such, I wrote this poem by hand on a small piece of paper while worrying about the long and short lives of my children. In the spacing of the poem, I tried to honor the little room I'd given myself for its projected concerns.”
—Barton Smock
January 26, 2023 / barton smock

invisible stomach surgeons

snow
has to be
the loneliest
food
January 26, 2023 / barton smock

return translation

A son goes online in a country of grief. In a city of sayings. My teeth don’t fit, is one. Puberty struck the wrong dollhouse match, is another. Enough, though, of that. Angels don’t have a language. Pain uses its ghost to bite god in a dream.
January 20, 2023 / barton smock

works 2020-present, self published

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PRIVATELY SELF-PUBLISHED WORKS, as such:

rocks have the softest shadows, 237 pages
poems, Dec 2020
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
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untouched in the capital of soon, 187 pages
poems, Sept 2021
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
or Venmo: @Barton-Smock-2
or CashApp: $BartonSmock

blood to bathe us in its blue past, 217 pages
poems new and selected, May 2022
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
or Venmo: @Barton-Smock-2
or CashApp: $BartonSmock

apartures, 125 pages
poems, January 2023
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HERE IS A COOL THING
January 19, 2023 / barton smock

the sleep god gets

Lightning finds a vein.
Password sends a nude.
January 18, 2023 / barton smock

breathing machines made in Ohio

Unending angel 
of a terrified stomach.
Tadpole, eye’s daydream.
January 14, 2023 / barton smock

( 23 notable performances from films seen in 2022

Lili Taylor 
in Bright Angel, 1990, directed by Michael Fields
~
A performance so present as to author time. It gets ahead of you, but comes back at the right moments.

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Donald Elise Watkins 
in Emergency, 2022, directed by Carey Williams
~
A vividly internal performance- sad, funny, long lived-in, rented. Two reaction shots in particular left me with that trinity of witness made holy by anger, intimacy, and indictment. 

.

Anthony LaPaglia 
Judy Davis 
in Nitram, 2021, directed by Justin Kurzel
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Caleb Landry Jones, of course, is killer in this...but it's LaPaglia and Davis who give it its distant intimacy, its weak-as-a-twig horizon.

.

Clifton Collins, Jr.
Molly Parker
Moises Arias
in Jockey, 2021, directed by Clint Bentley
~
I don't really have words for what each of these people do in this film except to say there are silences here in each that erase history not to rewrite it but to write it as remembered the first time.

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Sean Harris
in The Stranger, 2022, directed by Thomas M Wright
~
Evil gets amnesia again and again, and Harris changes passwords enough to create new and terrifying permissions.

.

Anna Gunn
Janeane Garofalo
in The Apology, 2022, directed by Alison Locke
~
Gunn is all eyesight and abyss, weariness and void. Holds the center gently with an outer, flown-in, brutality. And Garofalo, damn. When she shows up in the final third, her comic timing is a fury that lightens nothing.

.

Andrea Riseborough
Allison Janney 
in To Leslie, 2022, directed by Michael Morris
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Riseborough is an anxious predictor of the past, dancing for both stoplight and spotlight, and gives a performance that has a few steps on creation. Must mention here her other films as well, that I saw this year, Here Before and Nancy. Riseborough is so fucking good. And Janney does work here that she's made a transient home of before, but gets to go deeper than usual and gives place a spot to remember.

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Kelli Garner
in What Josiah Saw, 2022, directed by Vincent Grashaw
~
All the performances here - Nick Stahl, Scott Haze, Jake Weber, Robert Patrick- deserve strong and correct words, but from the moment Garner's Mary puts the path in her path with the body language of anti-destination, the movie makes a scenic witness of its periphery and goes about vicariously burning itself beside the salvage of Garner's nervously resigned vision.

.

Alison Pill
Sarah Gadon
Mare Winningham
in All My Puny Sorrows, 2021, directed by Michael McGowan
~
Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon glow wounded in performances that separately heal, and Mare Winningham keeps detail as something some god has locally misplaced. I was glad for how Pill baptized the submerged, and for how Gadon let others believe they’d invented the headlight.

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Amanda Seyfried
in A Mouthful of Air, 2021, directed by Amy Koppelman
~
Seyfried claims so many new moments in this that it's hard to say if she belongs to it or it belongs to her but the whole thing is a given possession.

.

Aisha Dee
in Sissy, 2022, directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes
~
Dee gives an otherworldly un-mirrored performance that is both exodus and revelation, and moves the end times back into the middle where belief must re-earn its brutal beginnings. 

.

Thandiwe Newton
in God's Country, 2022, directed by Julian Higgins
~
Newton is radar and blip, and never fails to locate the strayings of her lived-in living out.

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Mia Goth
in Pearl, 2022, directed by Ti West
~
Goth levels heaven and brings up the hell with a performance in so much local pain that what lands becomes less alien the more it invades. There is one scene so held by Goth that it makes of the eye a eulogy for every unmourned keyhole.

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Anna Diop
in Nanny, 2022, directed by Nikyatu Jusu
~
In a film both timeworn and newly doomed, Diop gives a fictile performance of spiritual and physical fluidity.

.

Rebecca Hall
Grace Kaufman
in Resurrection, 2022, directed by Andrew Semans
~
A possessed and wholly overtaken showing from Rebecca Hall. And Grace Kaufman moves the happening from under the accident with a waiting lonely enough to cradle the hurting young and uncarried old.

.

January 13, 2023 / barton smock

( privately self published, apartures, Jan 2023

extra i know but we’re not ok

kingsoftrain

Have privately self published a new collection titled apartures

Pocketbook style, 125 pages, January 2023

collection is pay what you want

can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
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January 12, 2023 / barton smock

the bullet goes through more people than before

Cannibal on the 
moon, ghost at the piano.
The rain gone missing.
January 11, 2023 / barton smock

( privately self published, apartures, Jan 2023

Have privately self published a new collection titled apartures

Pocketbook style, 125 pages, January 2023

collection is pay what you want

can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
or Venmo: @Barton-Smock-2
or CashApp: $BartonSmock



January 10, 2023 / barton smock

( reading by Daniel Cyran from my ‘rocks have the softest shadows’ )

huge thanks to killer poet Daniel Cyran for putting some of my words where they go


rocks have the softest shadows, 237 pages
poems, Dec 2020

pay what you want
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
or Venmo: @Barton-Smock-2
or CashApp: $BartonSmock