Today's poem is "A Box of Paperclips"
from The Naming of Strays

Gold Wake Press

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the author of The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles Press 2008) and The Chainsaw Bears (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including 32 Poems, New Delta Review, Yalobusha Review, Water~Stone, Cimarron Review and RHINO. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee and serves as the managing editor of Stirrings: A Literary Collection and the Best of the Net Anthology.

Books by Erin Elizabeth Smith:

Other poems on the web by Erin Elizabeth Smith:
"A Week Before You Die, You are Singing"
Two poems
"When I Think of Sorrow I Always Think of Sparrows"

Erin Elizabeth Smith's Website.

About The Naming of Strays:

"Erin Elizabeth Smith's The Naming of Strays is on fire in the best possible way--the poems sizzle with sensuality, celebrating all the senses in the way that the best blues music tips us from sadness into full-throated joy. The poems keep moving, shifting, defying expectations, singing the literal and the dream world, exalting the narrative and the experimental. I will recommend this book for poetry workshops as a primer on what poetry is and can do. And for seasoned readers, Erin Elizabeth Smith's work reminds us of why we fell in love with poetry in the first place."
—Marilyn Kallet

"Erin Elizabeth Smith's poems are delicious - it is hard to resist them. But they bite back, and that is the thing: they're painful, too. And gorgeous, always. The Naming the Strays is luminous, intimate, and never afraid."
—Paul Guest

"Erin Elizabeth Smith's poetry is the impossible love child of a young Jorie Graham and a old bottle of Jack Daniel's."
—T.A. Noonan

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