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Children of Government is a collection of poems and short stories by American writer William Michael Smith. Written primarily as social narratives and commentaries on reality, religion, government and life, Smith's works incorporate many literary styles related to aspects of mysticism, populism, surrealism, and social democracy. Certain poems contain verbose language, which are criticisms on public and private infallibility at providing public works and services. Other poems and short stories contain dialectical discussions on an individual's relationship to other people, government, God, and the individual's own life and existence. Overall, readers will enjoy Smith's use of vivid, allegorical imagery and religious irony at questioning how everyone is subject to forms of authority in all realms of their existence. "How an individual communicates with forms of authority," says Smith, "depends on what an individual identifies as a form of authority."