by Stacie Smith
Stacie Smith’s third collection of poems, Real News, once again delivers verse at its finest — straightforward and discerning, yet utterly boundless. The topic this time is real news, and the telling cuts to the bone, starting with “Who Asks to Be Born” and ending with “Who Cares if the World Ends.” In the present era of 24/7 news — in any era — Smith’s poems are essential reading. “Starting a fire / with today’s news / I lit a match, / watched headlines / go up in smoke.”
ISBN: 978-1-947067-64-6 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Stacie Smith was born in Salem, Oregon, in 1945. A fourth generation Oregonian, she grew up in Eugene, in the Willamette Valley. She was a student of William Stafford at Lewis and Clark College in the mid-1960s. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and magazines. Her first book of poems, Open Burning, was self-published in 2016. Meanwhile the Earth: Poems from Cougar Creek was published by Shanti Arts in September 2018.
Smith was awarded a writer’s residency at Playa Summer Lake, Oregon, in 2014. The following year she was granted a residency through Oregon State University’s Spring Creek “Trillium Project” at Shotpouch Creek Cabin. Smith has been a visual artist for over fifty years. Her paintings, prints, and sculpture are in numerous private and public collections. In June 2018 Smith was invited to present her work — science-related poetry and art — to the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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