Tu Fu Comes to America: A Story in Poems

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In the winter of 770 CE, Tu Fu left this world. In Larry Smith's fine narrative, he reappears in present day Cleveland. We see America through his eyes, through his contemplative heart. Hope, loss, friendship, love, the old quarrel with the world. Travel with him. Open your chest. Learn. --MAJ RAGAIN, author of Twist the Axe
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In the winter of 770 CE, Tu Fu left this world. In Larry Smith's fine narrative, he reappears in present day Cleveland. We see America through his eyes, through his contemplative heart. Hope, loss, friendship, love, the old quarrel with the world. Travel with him. Open your chest. Learn. --MAJ RAGAIN, author of Twist the Axe
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Tu Fu Comes to America is a compelling verse novel depicting the poignant realities of working immigrants. Smith's spare, sturdy lines flash with Buddhist insight as Tu Fu strives to provide for his family in Cleveland, "In the shopping bag, my work clothes./ On my back the white shirt Mei has ironed./ No yesterday or tomorrow, only now." -RAY MCNIECE, author of Our Way of Life: Poems
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596611436
  • Publisher: March Street Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Smith

Born in the industrial Ohio Valley in the 1940's, Smith has worked as a steel mill laborer, a high school teacher, a college professor, and a writer.

A graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum College, and Kent State University, he is the author of eight books of poetry, a book of memoirs, four books of fiction, two literary biographies, a life biography, and two books of translations from the Chinese. He recently completed a photo history of his hometown with high school classmate Guy Mason.

He is the director of the Firelands Writing Center and Editor -in-Chief of Bottom Dog Press, Inc.

Smith is also the father of three adult children, and is married to Ann Smith a professor emerita of Nursing at the Medical College of Ohio.

The author is a requested speaker on creative writing, the American Transcendental writers, Zen Buddhist writings, and working-class literature.

Recently retired, he may be reached at BGSU Firelands College where he still teaches writing, literature, and film.

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