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The Late World
Arthur Smith



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2002 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-368-4



A collection of poetry by Arthur Smith.

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"The measure of Art Smith's maturity is the fine harrowing of his poems. By harrowing, I mean to say his poems are crisp, even austere in their lyric concision. Few contemporary poets can say so much in saying so little. But also I mean to identify the wrenching loss these awe-filled poems confront, as though the decay of time—the deaths, the divorces, the body's cruel atrophy—were the clearest measure of our fates. Yet it's how he thinks and what he sees after this insight that marks the achievement of Smith's imagination in The Late World. Even as the gods watch ('Can't you hear them laughing?'), even as the ancient poets seem bemused that 'the woman I love has gone to hell,' lives go and people, even in pain, persist. This beautiful, ageless irony has become Art Smith's song. 'How little lasted,' he says, 'and how long.'"—David Baker

"Arthur Smith's beautiful poems celebrate life as they meditate on death's finality. His elegaic sensibility enables him to see things of this world with sharpness and clairty—how 'The gift of a breeze ruffles / Summer from a balcony . . .' and 'my love brushes her hair / she washed the sea from / only minutes earlier.' Drawn into his world, I read him with wonder."—Grace Schulman

"Arthur Smith's graceful poems are serious without being weighted, and emotionally rich without being rhetorical. . . . Their lyricism is quiet because it is so disciplined, and it is clear because it understands that grief is only what we start with. What we can end up with, sometimes, is poetry as good as this."—Stanley Plumly



ARTHUR SMITH was born in central California. He has received degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A., M.A.) and from the University of Houston (Ph.D.). His first book of poems, Elegy on Independence Day, was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1985. That same year, it was selected by the Poetry Society of America to receive the Norma Farber First Book Award. His second book of poems, Orders of Affection, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 1996. His work has also been honored with a "Discovery" / The Nation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and he was selected as the Theodore Morrison Fellow in Poetry for the 1987 Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. He served two years.



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