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WHERE IMAGES BECOME IMBUED WITH TIME
Perfect Bound, 62 pages, 8½ by 8½ inches, 2007, $15.00
Published by The Puddin’head Press
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Praise for Where Images Become Imbued With Time
Jared Smith's voice and hypnotic technique creates a vivid world in which
images and ideas appear as easily as in a dream. His poems have a sense
of urgancy and purpose. We face the modern world, from nanotechnology
to the darkness between trees, with an intelligent, observant and visionary guide.
He seems to name evey nameable thing with an unnamable energy that helps define who
we are in our world. This is what poetry is about! His poems are imaginative,
passionate, personal, and expansive. This collection echoes and stands up to its title.
WHERE IMAGES BECOME IMBUED WITH TIME is truly an important work of art.
Michael Spring - poet, author of Blue Crow and Mudsong.
Jared Smith is an excellent poet; who has learned to live and believe with conviction
that the entire world belongs in and of poetry, not just pieces and bits like nature poetry,
dramatic stories or the demands of friendship and love. His new collection WHERE IMAGES BECOME
IMBUED WITH TIME is a moving example of how poetry can bring them all together in a synthesis of trees,
crops, the universe, airplanes, gears, history and industry, sea birds and land animals, rusted
iron and surgical knives. Since this is a rare synthesis, except for Whitman's and Crane's attempts,
it deserves a careful reading by those who have a serious interest in the poetic art.
Witness this splendid line -- "A dust mote upon a string played obbligato between galaxies".
Andrew Glaze - poet, Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Damned Ugly Children
Praise for Jared Smith's work
Jared Smith's work deals with the Here and Now, yes, but is so involved
with All-Time/All-Culture that, if you don't keep totally focused, at times
you're liable to step over the connections. Smith is a kind of Cro-Magnon-Neanderthal-Indus
Valley-Mesopotamian-Tiawanaku Combo-Man watching the late news, buzzarding over the
contemporary world and seeing its miserable negativity... but ultimately
always referring back to the basic sanity of the universe around us.
Sane Nature verses Idiot-Man. There is a tremendous Keatsian-Witmanesque
visionary sweep here, moving over the earth's surface, always concentrating on
light, the Here and Now, but always in cosmic context. Smith's work,
carefully read and meditated on, is a course in cosmic-personal sanity.
There is a gentle kind of certainty that seems to characterize Jared Smith's best work,
an understanding about place and the flow of spirit that makes you think of Thoreau along
with a commitment as fierce as that of Pablo Neruda.
Joseph Bruchac - poet, novelist, editor
Greenfield Review Press
He is a master of interplay between sensuous detail and the universal, illuminating the
facts of our electric civilization and evoking the earth from which it rose. Esthetically,
discerning readers will see his spiritual kinship to C.K Williams and compare his work favorably.
Harry Smith - poet, essayist, editor
The Smith Press
Again and again, Jared Smith takes us into a world that we feel is strange and impossible, only
to make us see, suddenly, that this IS our life, our condition, and until now we have been shying
away from reality. Years ago, on my author-interview show on NPR, I hailed Jared as "the most
important new voice in American poetry since Walt Whitman."
Walter James Miller - poet and verse dramatist
Author of Love's Mainland and Joseph in the Pit
There’s a lovely muscularity pervading Jared Smith’s work that’s reminiscent of the more obvious
long-lined poets’ efforts, Whitman’s and C.K. Williams’, for example. But Smith’s poetry is
unique in that he seems, unlike these other two writers, not to think in terms of an “overflowing
line” but to peer, consistently, beyond it. What this means is that while Whitman’s long lines
are incantatory and Williams’ are loquacious in a relaxed, double-hexameter sort of way, Smith’s
work, much like an Action Painter’s, serves the ambition of the gesture and thus, of necessity,
stretches beyond the canvas.
Terri Brown-Davidson - reviewer
For Smith, there is a kind of pathos in human attempts to replicate the unfathomable beauty of
a mountain or a star-filled sky a pathos which is worthy of regret, even mocking, but never rage,
scorn, or absolute despair. Though his tone could not be called gentle, it is sympathetic to the
human condition and the futility, frustration, sorrow, and bewilderment that accompany it. This
sympathy elevates his poetry to the levels of the masters who have influenced him.
JoSelle Vanderhooft from The Pedestal
Other Books by Jared Smith:
Song of the Blood: An Epic
Keeping the Outlaw Alive
Walking the Perimeters of the Plate Glass Window Factory
Lake Michigan And Other Poems
Introducing Personal Computer Use in the Gas Industry (Bukacek. Smith, eds.)
Integrating Microelectronics Into Gas Distribution (Rush, Huebler, Smith, eds.)
Gas, Oil, and Coal Biotechnology (Akin, Smith, eds.)
WHERE IMAGES BECOME IMBUED WITH TIME
By Jared Smith
Perfect Bound, 62 pages, Published by The Puddin'head Press
8½ by 8½ inches, 2007
To order a copy of this book call 1-888-BOOKS-98
or to buy On-Line press add to cart.