Milldust and Roses: Memoirs

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Cultural Writing. This new book by the publisher of Bottom Dog Press is a memoir of a midwest town and family, a time and place, and a life. "It is Smith's simple directness, human scale, and respect for reality that makes his MILLDUST AND ROSES such a sweet, kind, modest, touching, and unassuming book" -- David Budbill."MILLDUST AND ROSES is a beautiful tapestry, the substance of which describes an Ohio Valley working-class family from the mid-century onward" -- Holly Beye. ...
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Overview


Cultural Writing. This new book by the publisher of Bottom Dog Press is a memoir of a midwest town and family, a time and place, and a life. "It is Smith's simple directness, human scale, and respect for reality that makes his MILLDUST AND ROSES such a sweet, kind, modest, touching, and unassuming book" -- David Budbill."MILLDUST AND ROSES is a beautiful tapestry, the substance of which describes an Ohio Valley working-class family from the mid-century onward" -- Holly Beye.
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David Budbill
It is Smith's simple directness, human scale, and respect for reality that makes Milldust and Roses such a sweet, kind, modest, touching, and unassuming book.... It is his simple pride in being 'common' that most touches me about this book and most informs its sweet modesty.
Holly Beye
A Town and Family—A Time and Place—A Life Story

Milldust and Roses is a beautiful tapestry, the substance of which describes an Ohio Valley working-class family from the mid-century onward. Larry Smith is an accomplished poet, teacher, and biographer. But these memoirs are not about his life as a poet, but about the metamorphosis of self and family life in the urban Midwest as he has experienced it. The book is formatted like a family album with wonderful prose snapshots illustrating the town, his growing family, his wife and himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564391148
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is a native of Mingo Junction, Ohio, in Appalachia's Panhandle region of the Ohio River Valley. A graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum College, and Kent State University, he has authored seven books of poetry, a book of memoirs, three books of fiction, two biographies of authors Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Patchen, and two books of translations from the Chinese. Now a professor emeritus of Bowling Green State University's Firelands College, he is the director of The Firelands Writing Center there and of Bottom Dog Press. Smith has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature to Italy. He and his wife Ann are the parents of three adult children, and live along the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio.
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From the Preface:

Mine is a common life, yet one that can be shared. . . . This story is measured in moments of

recognition, mine and hopefully yours, through storytelling, that gift that exists to be given.... the path lies broken before us, linked only by our human trust and our shared intention to know a life. .

. . I know that I have taken many spiritual paths toward growth as a person, sat and walked in

meditation, read a thousand good books, taught my way through a thousand classes, ten thousand

faces, toward some meaning. Though my life may seem common, I must confide, I have never found

it dull.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

INSIDE THE NOISE

Yes, there were coal mines, and steel mills, and factories. All of them grinding away at the

edge of things–thin shudder of the earth that we lived with, echoing roar of river inside the hills.

It grew inside us.

It was the sound of a furnace under the floor shaking the boards at our feet. Men and

women who worked long in it dissolved to deafness, began to speak with hands. Those who lived

along its edge learned to turn away.

Birds stood on fence posts, without any necks, or flitted close to the ground.

Open any window, close any door, it was there, a slow and steady rain that fell over

everything. It was a death rattle there in our chest, and our lives were clothes hanging out on the

line without rest.

Everyone knew but no one spoke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    Magic--Mingo Jct.--Miidust

    Indeed, we should all be thankful that Smith decided long ago to put aside his hard hat and lunch pail for pen and paper. Smith is certainly a poet and writer of prose who is nearing the zenith of his Merlin like magic and power over the written word. Smith's words call out and sing to us and all we need do is listen. Few writers are able to structure so surely, confidently and precisely these 'natural word flows' and 'rhythms'. His words that poke, prod, engulf, delight and gently carry us along hand in hand with the author. The ease and quite apparent straightness of Smith's writing belies it's underlying complexities. And there is the magic.....

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