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An extraordinary new collection of lyrical poems by Crystal Simone Smith.
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Crystal Simone Smith grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland. She was educated at Bennett College and at UNC-Greensboro, and she earned her MFA from Queen's University of Charlotte. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Callaloo, and elsewhere. She is the author of Routes Home (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She is an alumni of the Callaloo Writing Conference and the Yale Summer Writer's Conference as well as a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, the North Carolina Poetry Society, and the North Carolina Haiku Society. She is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press and lives in Durham, NC, where she teaches English composition and Creative Writing.Review:
The speaker in Crystal Simone Smith's collection of poems, Running Music, stays keenly observant while wrapped up in life's daily routine. She is both world-weary and hopeful, engaged and curiously amused. Here she is--coming upon a field of buttercups in the rain, poised with a pack of runners at the start of a race, cursing her son through a long night. Time and again in these sane poems, she lays out the experience, and her insights, with the resolve of an expert craftsman. In poem after poem,Smith boldly embraces the challenges life hands her, then she calmly sets them down and runs swiftly into the night. --Sebastian Matthews, author of Miracle Day
Running Music is a necklace of tales interloping rich narratives from beginning to end...endless in surprises. Crystal Simone Smith captures the miracles and horrors; the sublime found in the mundane; the haunting awareness of entanglement. These are poems shot straight from the heart...intentionally hitting or missing, sometimes both. Running Music sings with solidarity for the children, for the relentless love of life and living... a tribute and offering to the breath of the running spirit. --Jaki Shelton Green
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Book Description Longleaf Press, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0982929099