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July 31, 2019 / barton smock

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I. REFLECTIONS, RECENT

on Blue Bucolic, Rebecca Kokitus:
{ Blue Bucolic – poems – Rebecca Kokitus }

on Our Debatable Bodies, Marisa Crane:
{ Our Debatable Bodies – poems – Marisa Crane }

on Kill Class, Nomi Stone:
{ Kill Class – poems – Nomi Stone }

on As One Fire Consumes Another, John Sibley Williams:
{ As One Fire Consumes Another – poems – John Sibley Williams }

on Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire, Darren C Demaree:
{ Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire – poems – Darren C. Demaree }

on Banjo’s Inside Coyote, Kelli Allen:
{ Banjo’s Inside Coyote – poems – Kelli Allen }

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II. WORK, RECENT

https://thecollidescope.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/goodbyes-for-exodus/

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III. WORK, SELF

non self-published:

Ghost Arson, 15.00
(Kung Fu Treachery Press, Dec 2018)

orders can be made via paypal to ghostarson@gmail.com or by using link:
PayPal.Me/ghostarson

or via Venmo @Barton-Smock-1

*be sure to include your address in the notes field
**all copies will be signed

or one can send a check to:
Barton Smock
5155 Hatfield Drive
Columbus, OH 43232

on amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Arson-Barton-Smock/dp/194664286X

at barnes & noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghost-arson-barton-smock/1129931893?ean=9781946642868

reviews:

review by Dd. Spungin: https://kingsoftrain.com/2018/11/28/dd-spungins-review-of-ghost-arson/

review by George Salis: https://kingsoftrain.com/2018/12/17/review-by-george-salis-of-barton-smocks-ghost-arson/

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self-published, private, June 2019:

Animal Masks On the Floor of the Ocean, 114 pages, 10.00
poems, June 2019
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
or Venmo @Barton-Smock-1

MOTHERLINGS, 52 pages, 4.00
poems, June 2019
can be purchased via paypal (bartsmock@gmail.com)
or Venmo @Barton-Smock-1

*be sure to include your mailing address in the comments of the order. any questions can be directed to bartsmock@gmail.com

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IV. PRAISE, PREVIOUS:

The work of Barton Smock, a prolific mid-western poet, modifies the meaning of Christian Wiman’s idea in that it seeks unceasingly for the spaces between those ‘annihilative silence[s]’ that would pursue us, and for the watchful reader opens some door into human experience in a way that is at once intensely personal and detached. Through the manipulation of both common and cerebral language Smock’s poems maintain a dance between the familiar and the unspeakable. They act as a shout to the silences that curl up in experience- offering some view from the inside of that experience, but never in an expected way.

…The themes of family, abuse, poverty, and alienation figure heavily in the book, but to call this confessional poetry seems a bit out of keeping with what is traditionally considered confessional. He speaks of mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers while also utilizing the first person, but the reader can never be exactly sure who these characters are. They are changeable, and often engaging in nearly surreal activity that might confuse more than enlighten. The key seems to be finding some language to quantify suffering, or some way of qualifying experience out of context – which at moments brings it ever more sharply into sight…

…Smock has found a way to speak for those who don’t perhaps know that they have something important to say; to share. The marginalized child, the grieving mother, the ailing child or sibling- they will all find a voice here, and though it might not be the way they would voice the affliction that rests within them, they are sure to recognize their faces. Whether this is a burden or a blessing remains a judgment to be formed by the individual reader, but I find the poetry…to be full of the intensity of experience in a way that I can’t help but identify and empathize. Something preserved so as not to be forgotten, and perhaps repeated.

~Emma Hall

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, kingsoftrain.wordpress.com. 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.

~Kazim Ali, from
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2015/11/reading-list-november-2015

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V. THINGS WHY

Why I Write Poetry: Barton Smock

http://mysmallpresswritingday.blogspot.com/2019/02/barton-smock-my-small-press-writing-day.html

interview by Crystal Stone for Flyway Journal:

Interview with Barton Smock, Author of “Ghost Arson”

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youtube channel readings:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6WuSKK8yNnngtdNlb5NfwQ

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TINYLETTER
https://tinyletter.com/BartonSmock

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