The Collected Poems of Jared Smith: 1971-2011
by Jared Smith
There is a lovely muscularity pervading Jared Smith’s work that’s reminiscent of the more obvious long-lined poets’ efforts, Whitman’s and C. K. Williams’, for example. But Smith’s poetry is unique in that he seems, unlike these other two writers, not to think in terms of an overflowing line, but to peer, consistently, beyond it . . . while Whitman’s long lines are incantatory and Williams’ are loquacious . . . Smith’s work, much like an Action Painter’s, serves the ambition of the gesture and thus, of necessity, stretches beyond the canvas.
— Terri Brown-Davidson
. . . How joyous it feels to be reminded that every inch of earth we walk is a sacred bone-heap, and this is now true of our highways and dams and bridges. His elegy grows stronger, more urgent. . . . I’d call him a prophet of doom if it were not for the love that simply aches in every line.
— Diana Hume George
I like your I-witness of the song in our blood . . . it’s a pleasure!
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The Collected Poems of Jared Smith: 1971-2011 by Jared
New York Quarterly Books
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Price: $27.95 Paperback, $42.95 Hardcover