In the Measuring
poems by Carol Smallwood
It is easy to arrive at the conclusion today that nothing is as it seems. There is a human need for explanation, however, and so we devise a variety of yardsticks to measure everything around us. Carol Smallwood’s poetry reminds us that the beautiful mystery of life’s ordinary moments defies such measurement.
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ISBN: 978-1-947067-38-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Carol Smallwood has written or edited over five dozen books in the genres of poetry, creative nonfiction, nonfiction, and anthology. Her book Women on Poetry: Tips on Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching is on Poets & Writers’ List of Best Books for Writers. Recent anthologies include: Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management (McFarland, 2018); Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); and Bringing the Arts into the Library: An Outreach Handbook (American Library Association, 2014). Recent poetry collections include Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences (Lamar University Press, 2014); Divining the Prime Meridian (WordTech Editions, 2015); In Hubble’s Shadow (Shanti Arts, 2017); Prisms, Particles, and Refractions (Finishing Line Press, 2017, nominated for the Society of Midland Authors Award in Poetry); and A Matter of Selection (Poetic Matrix Press, 2018). Her collection of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Visits and Other Passages (Finishing Line Press: November 2018) is forthcoming, and her collection of essays, Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction, was published in 2017 (Shanti Arts). Smallwood, who has founded and supports humane societies, has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. She is in such references as Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; and Wikipedia.
“This collection is written by a questioning, roving, interesting mind. It seeks out mysteries, wonders 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.”
“It’s Smallwood’s quiet questioning that ties this remarkable collection together for me, making these very personal poems not only political, but universal.”
“Brief and evocative, these poems hold moments still and reward the reader who enters them.”
Review by Ronald Primeau, Ragazine, 2018.
Review by Judith Skillman, Compulsive Reader, November 4, 2018; also appeared in The New Book Review, November 11, 2018.
Review by James Sale, The Society of Classical Poets, November 3, 2018.
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