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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 10:51 AM
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JARED SMITH CELEBRATES RELEASE OF NEW BOOK


Jared Smith's fifth volume of poetry, Lake Michigan And Other Poems, has just been released from Dave Gecic's Puddin'head Press. The book will be distributed nationally through Baker & Taylor, which supplies all the big bookstores as well as most independents.

Lake Michigan And Other Poems is presently available directly from the publisher for $15 plus $1 shipping and handling by calling the toll-free number 1-888-BOOKS-98, 24 hours a day, with VISA, MasterCard, or Discovery. And for a limited time, if you click on the image to the right of this paragraph, you can pre-order this book online at a special discounted price of $10.20 through Amazon

The title poem of the book (which was first published in After Hours Magazine) was recently adapted into a musical stage play. Jared also recently had one of his poems set to music by ArtVilla.com; they discovered an audio recording of his work on ChicagoPoetry.com and decided to enhance it. Click here to check it out.

Do not miss Jared Smith's first feature since his new book came out. He will be reading for The Cafe, 5115 N. Lincoln Ave., on Tuesday, November 15, at 8 PM. There will be an open mic. so bring your poetry. Also, Jared Smith will be one of the many poets featuring for Chicago Poetry In The Bottle, a benefit for ChicagoPoetry.com that will take place on Wednesday, November 30, at 8 PM, at The Empty Bottle indy-rock club, at 1035 N. Western. A $10 cover benefits the continued work of ChicagoPoetry.com.

Reviews of Jared Smith’s Lake Michigan and Other Poems

There is a gentle kind of certainty that seems to characterize Jared Smith’s best work, an understanding about place and the flow of spirit that makes you think of Thoreau along with a commitment as fierce as that of Pablo Neruda. Whatever his subject matter, whether it is a man adrift in a lifeboat or an epic vision of Lake Michigan, Smith’s poems are journeys worth taking.

--Joseph Bruchac, poet, storyteller, and Editor, Greenfield Review Press

Again and again, Jared Smith takes us into a world that we feel is strange and impossible, only to make us see, suddenly, that this IS our life, our condition, and until now we have been shying away from reality. Years ago, on my author-interview show on NPR, I hailed Jared as "the most important new voice in American poetry since Walt Whitman." The comparison is strengthened with LAKE MICHIGAN AND OTHER POEMS. Here is Whitman's embrace of the vast complexity of American life, including updates in electronics and politics. Here is Whitman reincarnate making poetry out of our most casual, colloquial, idiomatic talk. But we must admit one significant difference. At his best, Jared Smith speaks with an intensity that Walt rarely reached and that only Seamus Heaney can match.

--Walter James Miller, poet, translator, and verse dramatist

The magnum opus of Jared Smith’s new collection is “Lake Michigan,” truly a major poem. Because of its reach and depth, he will inevitably be compared to Sandburg and Whitman, as his lake becomes the “sea of experience” encompassing Chicago and the other cities of its shores. He is a master of interplay between sensuous detail and the universal, illuminating the facts of our electric civilization and evoking the earth from which it rose.

Esthetically, discerning readers will see his spiritual kinship to C.K Williams and compare his work favorably. These are bold poems of tempered experience, often as remarkable for their graceful sensitivity as their scope.


--Harry Smith, poet, essayist; Editor, The Smith Press

"LAKE MICHIGAN, opened, is a new territory. I find myself reading in cycles, spiraling back through a passage — to catch what I've sensed at the edges of what I just passed through."

--Gene Fowler, poet



**We hope you found the information on this page useful. ChicagoPoetry.com needs your help. We are holding a fundraising drive in order to stay online. There are two ways that you can help: Click here to offer a financial gift or click here to order the new book by ChicagoPoetry.com Press.




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