Lake Wiinds: Poems

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This is the author's 8th poetry book, a seasoned collection of poems by a veteran writer focused on nature, family, aging, and faith.
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Overview

This is the author's 8th poetry book, a seasoned collection of poems by a veteran writer focused on nature, family, aging, and faith.
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"This is a gathering of autumn flowers, what has remained of the summer garden, the gathering before the scattering. Poems in the elder's voice, that ripened voice which grows only out of a considered life, from a man who has spent the currency of his seventy some years in deepening that life through the practice of poetry. LAKE WINDS brings us the poetry of appreciation and gratitude. No busy ego racket here. These poems come from a quieter level of mind that trusts that all of this is held within the secret direction/of everything. They acknowledge that truth, in Rumi's words, that 'Someone has filled the cup before us.' It is understood that we must prepare it for those who follow. Each of these poems is a filled cup awaiting a reader.

Consider the lessons of The Weed by the Garage. Here, the poet hesitates to pull a weed from the garden. Is it a weed or not/and how are we to decide? The subtle teachings of Zen whisper here as they do so often throughout. If one is to act compassionately: don't tell me show me. We are cautioned to stop choosing between this and that, to include it all, weed and flower, in Big Mind. Then, the poet offers this extraordinary simple line, a sharpened blade to with which to sever every knot of delusion. "Without judgment, all are dear." -Maj Ragain

"Larry Smith takes a hard-eyed look at the sufferings human beings cause one another and the inequalities of the world we live in. And yet these poems take the full measure of human life, finding the peace and humor that reside in family, in love, and in those smallest, ordinary moments of each lived day and the way their casual, unforced grace helps us to live our lives." - Robert Cording, author of Walking with Ruskin: Poems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933964942
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Series: Bottom Dog Press Harmony Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is a native Midwesterner, born and raised in a working-class family in the industrial Ohio River Valley. In 1965 he graduated from Muskingum College in Ohio and at 21 married a hometown girl, Ann Zaben. He worked in the steel mills that summer and they soon moved to Euclid, Ohio where he taught high school and Ann began working as a nurse. He earned degrees at Kent State University (MA and PhD), and was there when the riots and shootings of students occurred. In 1970-1971 he and Ann and their daughter Laura moved to Huron, Ohio where he began teaching at Firelands College of Bowling Green State University and had two children, Brian and Suzanne. In 1980 he and family traveled to Sicily where he was a Fulbright lecturer in American Literature. He is the author of eight books of poetry, a book of memoirs, five books of fiction, two literary biographies of authors Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Patchen, and two books of translations from the Chinese with co-translator Mei Hui Huang. His photo history of his hometown Mingo Junction appeared recently in the Images of America Series. Two of his film scripts on authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen have been made into films with Tom Koba and shown on PBS. As a professor of English and humanities at Firelands College (1970-2012) he has taught writing and literature and served as director of the Firelands Writing Center, a cooperative of writers. As director of the literary publisher, Bottom Dog Press, Inc., he has edited over 60 books and carried into publication some 170 titles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He and Ann with Jan and Lou Young founded the Converging Paths Meditation Center in Sandusky, OH.
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The River

Sitting on the cabin porch

with my wife and dog,

I hear the gentle surge

of water over rocks--

birds inside the stream.

A quiet day of sun and shade.

Strumming soft guitar chords

to answer the stream's voice,

I melt away.

My path becomes a river

holding all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Seasoned poems by a veteran writer.

    Seasoned poems by a veteran writer.

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