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July 8, 2021 / barton smock

plural, also


I currently have three signed copies each on my person of the self-published titles listed below.

animal masks on the floor of the ocean
June 2019, 124 pages
signed copy 15.00

an old idea one had of stars
Feb 2020, 58 pages
signed copy 12.00

rocks have the softest shadows
Dec 2020, 237 pages
signed copy 20.00

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Kazim Ali, from the Kenyon Review, Poetry Today

The newest in poetry might not be in literary magazines or MFA programs, though some of it is, to be sure. But those institutions, like publishing, book-selling, prize-giving, and the all-consuming work of publicity and promotion, often reward things other than literary merit. Some good writing is published by the biggest presses—but not much. The most interesting work is happening “off the radar” so to speak. One of the best “books” of poetry I have ever read was ten pieces of typing paper, printed one sided, side-stapled and distributed on the consignment shelves of used bookstores in Portland, Oregon in an edition of 80 copies by a poet named Timmy Straw. Another is a compendium of poems published on the Lulu platform by a poet named Barton Smock who lives outside Columbus, Ohio. I met Timmy by accident at a dinner party at Matthew Dickman’s house; Bart Smock I sought out myself but didn’t meet him in person until six or seven years after I’d stumbled across his self-published book at Rafiq Washington’s great Cleveland-based joint Guide to Kulchur. (January 12 2021)




Saturday I wait to care for my still sleeping brother as a tennis ball sighs its dog back and forth on a television screen. Who can sleep, with all this care? Patience is a midwestern agony. It doesn’t last, but death can’t watch.

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