Music or Honesty by Rod Smith

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Poetry. "Rod Smith is submodernism's first genius. In his wild and amazing poems, honesty is music, listen"-Peter Gizzi. "MUSIC OR HONESTY will remind you of just how powerful the pleasures of the tongue are and how invigorating a succession of historical moments can be"-Bob Perelman. Rod Smith is the author of PROTECTIVE IMMEDIACY, IN MEMORY OF MY THEORIES, and THE GOOD HOUSE. He edits the journal AERIAL and publishes EDGE BOOKS. He teaches Cultural Studies at Towson University in Maryland.

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Rod Smith is the author of nine other books of poems, including Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l’Araignées, and In Memory of My Theories. His poems have appeared in many print and online journals and anthologies including the Baffler, The Gertrude Stein Awards, Java, New American Writing, Poetics Journal, and Shenandoah. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages the independent Bridge Street Books in Washington, D.C. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley.
Published January 1, 2003 by Roof Books. 94 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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At their best, Smith's poems shuttle line-by-line between what the poet "means" and a kind of chance: how the poet grabs onto what swims across his ken and places it, wholesale, into a poem.

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