04/01/2013 12:22 PM
BATON ROUGE – From the Mediterranean to the American West, the poems in Ron Smith’s
new collection seek reliable truths through personal observation. Beyond his own experiences,
Smith draws from the lives of notable and diverse figures – Edward Teller, Edgar Allan
Poe, Mickey Mantle, Ezra Pound, Robert Penn Warren, Jesse Owens, Leni Riefenstahl
and many others.
“Its Ghostly Workshop,” available from LSU Press, probes the fallibility of philosophy
while strengthening the quest for certainty. Wondering and weighing, these are poems
capable of conviction as well as doubt. Like the city of Rome, the subject at the
book’s center, “Its Ghostly Workshop” aims to rewire us, to “virus” us, to “rush”
us “with visionary blazes, cascades / of memory, incandescent logic.”
Smith, author of the poetry collections “Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery” and “Moon Road,” is the poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature. Winner of the Carole Weinstein Prize and other poetry awards, he holds the George Squires Chair of Distinguished Teaching and serves as Writer-in-Residence at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va. He is also adjunct associate professor at the University of Richmond.
Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013