In Hubble's Shadow
poems by Carol Smallwood
Though privileged to live in times when space exploration and technology have advanced our knowledge of the universe at breath-taking speed, we still live as if we are the ones around whom the sun rises and sets. Moving from the most intimate of human activities to the profound and expansive dimensions of the universe, this collection of poetry by Carol Smallwood explores, as did Edwin Hubble, the elusive mysteries of life. The vision, shared by all of us—poets, artists, laborers, homemakers, and space explorers—is to make the best of this world while seeking to understand it more fully. Smallwood's passion for this vision is the clear focus of this lovely volume of poems.
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ISBN: 978-1-941830-44-4 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Some of the Marquis publications Carol Smallwood appears in are: Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women. Carol has received awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and others. A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, she has had over four dozen fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books published. Her publishers include the American Library Association, Rowman and Littlefield, McFarland, Pudding House, Lamar University Press, and others; Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching is on the list of Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers Magazine.
In 2019 Carol Smallwood received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about this tremendous honor.
“Carol Smallwood’s rich and chromatic imagery embarks the reader on a journey of sense and rhythm with its profound and universal exploration of time, space, and human justification.”
“Carol Smallwood’s poems, with their wealth of cosmology as well as quantum physics, reverberate with mystery. Her koan-like brevity reminds the reader to not take appearances for granted. Smallwood’s words continually pit ‘belief in another dimension’ against ‘a straining for the familiar.’ (‘January Thaw’) The collection pays homage to earth as a living entity and gifts its readers with the largesse of physics in lyrics.”
“The precision of this verse is beautiful, expressing wisdom complex as well as simple, and its stirring, flowing originality is most refreshing.”
“Things are whirling and churning in this breathtaking collection, from molten rock and colliding galaxies to a cement mixer flaunting breast-cancer-pink like ‘some exotic dancer.’ Smallwood offers the reader a hundred delights, vast and mysterious as dark matter, and minute as the bug whose ancestors survived ‘countless species long extinct.’ These rich and luminous poems of change, loss, and renascence will surely expand one’s universe.”
“Carol arranges the universe, the earth, and its elements in poetic composition, framing and star gazing simultaneously.”
“We might be merely a speck in the universe, but we still crave meaning. We want to be valued and we want to love. Carol Smallwood’s beautiful volume of layered poetry explores mysteries, exalts nature, plays with language and poetic form, and honors the small moments of daily life. My favorites: ‘Wanton Hussies,’ ‘The Wonder Spot,’ ‘The Trip,’ ‘Dry Leaves,’ and the perfect ending: ‘Little is Known’.”
“The collection is written by a questioning, roving, interesting mind. It seeks out mysteries, wondering how things happen, why things are as they are. Daily epiphanies ripen into home-grown adages.”
“Smallwood is a skilled and thoughtful poet. Her work is a joy to read.”
“The poet draws the reader physically from the intimate elements of everyday life to the universe in which we live.”
Marilyn L. Taylor, Serving House: A Journal of Literary Arts. (review, Fall 2017)
Marilyn L. Taylor, Poetry Magazine.com. (review, June 2017)
Marilyn L. Taylor, Midwest Book Review, June 2017. (review, June 2017)
Aline Soules, "A Review of In Hubble’s Shadow by Carol Smallwood," Book/Mark: Quarterly Small Press Review. (review, spring/summer 2017)
"In Hubble's Shadow," Midwest Book Review/Small Press Bookwatch. (June 2017)
Stephen C. Holder, A Review of Carol Smallwood’s “In Hubble’s Shadow”, Michigan Quarterly Review. (review, 5-16-2017)
Aline Soules, A Review of In Hubble’s Shadow by Carol Smallwood, Compulsive Reader. (review, 5-7-2017)
Alex Phuong, In Hubble’s Shadow by Carol Smallwood, Shanti Arts Publishing, 2017, The Society of Classical Poets. (review, 4-24-2017)
Visionary Poet Completes Collection Inspired by Space Exploration (press release, January 30, 2017)
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