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August 8, 2018 / barton smock

/ this was always the abridged version of how to believe in nothing when addicted to meaning

check out the 4th Blue Hour Anthology (BlueHourPress), in which I have a poem, link below:


youtube channel readings:

author spotlight on lulu:

all book previews on site are the viewed book in its entirety. also, all titles will be sent free in hard copy to those interested in writing a review.

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friends, enemies, family:

in the doing of a thing there is often a lull and in that lull a curvature of worry that perhaps something has too quickly taken shape and so one might be led to explore creating, not to make, but to evoke and I will attempt, here, to do that and hope it is a space that takes up only its own.


some recent work:

eating the animal back to life
315 pages
published July 2015

of which Kazim Ali says:

Speaking of being captivated, when I was in Cleveland’s most exciting new independent bookstore, Guide to Kulchur, I picked up on a whim a few small volumes that appeared to have been published by the author using Lulu. I was so entranced by the seemingly simple but endlessly complex, prickly lyrics that I wrote to the author, Barton Smock, through his blog, He’s been sending me books now and then and his latest, Eating the Animal Back to Life, is just knocking me out. These poems are desperate, tender, wry, alarmed, god-obsessed, and musically driven. Smock is not published by others, he does it all himself…
All the advanced degrees and publishing credentials in the world can’t get you the unspeakable duende that Smock somehow taps into, poem after poem.


earth is part earth and there’s a hole in the sound I made you from
98 pages
published December 2015


MOON tattoo
114 pages
published March 2016

…The result of this type of work is that a poem might seem fractured, when it is not. Smock works with both image and symbol in order to create poems that are iconoclastic, alpha and omega…

as reviewed by Krystal Sierra:


infant*cinema, Dink Press, April 2016
7.00 (first non self-published work)

of which was said:

With sparse language, Barton Smock creates semi-prose poems that contain concentrated riddles, such as in the line “follow the spider’s trail of abandoned birthmarks” or “one of us is dreaming I entered your body.” There are clues across poems, of a broken family, of disbelief in religion and reality, and of the pain stemming from all of that and more. The question of the nature of pain itself is put forth, and its origin: “before it began to go everywhere without him, was pain god?” An evocation of both the trinity (namely, god as his own son) and a child’s jarring transition into independence, which can be destructive to the self and others, for who is so easily prepared for the world? The poems are without titles, except for the title of the chapbook as a whole: infant*cinema. “inside my father I can’t hear one tv over another. […] the people watching the fight want to be seen looking at it.” As soon as we begin to concretely process our surroundings as infants, we must absorb or cancel out competing stimuli, but even so we need to learn what is what. By then, we may have seen too much, the violence of disappointment, loneliness, and, more often than one would like to admit, mental and physical abuse. But is this what makes humans human?

~George Salis


shuteye in the land of the sacred commoner (& other poems)
114 pages
published June 2016


depictions of reentry
146 pages
published August 2016


hick lore rabbit hole
124 pages
published October 2016


the boy who touched all the eggs
258 pages
published June 2017

-this is a combined publication of three previous works (surprise for me a crow / name calling / paw five) as well as some newer poems


116 pages
published August 2017


everything I touch remembers being my hand
172 pages
published November 2017


thing why and thing why:!Poet-Barton-Smock-on-Trauma-Feminism-Self-Publishing/cxj4/56063dbf0cf2f0ed7a222fa8


private publications:

available via paypal ( or

chapbook, BASILISK, 64 pages $5.00
(Feb 2017)

chapbook, the accepted field, 84 pages $5.00
(May 2017)

chapbook, in this life another is you, 64 pages $3.00
(Oct 2017)

full length, mood piece for baby blur, 128 pages
***make donation of 5.00 or more to isacoustic via paypal


call for submissions:


/ volume first, January 2018:

/ volume second, March 2018:

/ volume third, April 2018:

/ volume fourth, July 2018:

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