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Dave Smith is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and memoir, including The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000, and Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems, 1992-2004. Former editor of The Southern Review, he is now Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry and chairman of the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Dave Smith continues to be a major voice in American poetry. This is certainly his finest book since those early classics "Cumberland Station," "Goshawk, Antelope," and "Dream Flight." He is the one true Southern heir to Robert Penn Warren, who was a great admirer of his work. This book is a must for anyone interested in American poetry.
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