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narrow house recordings

" just under 71 minutes a full length recording with production values that would make an indie band weep with envy. Smith is the perfect poet for such a project, as he has the most active ear of any writer of his generation & he’s a great – if decidedly deadpan – reader of his own work. Listening to this recording feels like it takes 20 minutes & one is totally engrossed the entire time, as Smith demonstrates a range of affect far wider than I’ve heard from him before..."

Ron Silliman

“the Rod Smith CD really shows how much this medium aurally illuminates the voice, renders a space for the voice, scopes out a multidimensional use of the voice (voice, in every aspect of the term, itself an essential poetic medium)... developing phenomenologically another layer of poetic experience, beyond poetry on the page and poetry during readings, to poetry through the mic intimately, the voice raised to its own power... cool stuff... “

M. Magnus

this album has more than 60 minutes of poetry

Rod Smith

Fear the Sky (nh5

tracks -

1- Snips (8:03)
3- Identity is the Cause of Warts (2:03)
4- The Spider Poems (9:15)
7- Homage to Homage to Creeley (4:40)
12- A Grammar Manikin (5:50)
13- Ted's Head (1:44)
14- the love that is truly a refuge for all living things
15- Farlow (1:09)
16- All of It’s Gone to Moneyland (w/ Alexandra Smith) (0:23)
17- Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Sweet Dirt. Susie Asado. (0:45)
18- The Classics (5:12)
24- Clothes Shaver Plus (1:46)
25- Disgusted Optimistic Lyric Language Poem (0:56)
26- Love Poems (6:01)
29- The Strength (0:41)
30- The Narrative Quiescence (3:32)
31- The Good House (16:15)

listen to:: 'Disgusted Optimistic Lyric Language Poem'

Rod Smith is the author of Music or Honesty,
In Memory of My Theories, The Boy Poems,
Protective Immediacy, New Mannerist Tricycle
with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma, The Good
House, & Poèmes de l'araignée (France). In
addition to French, his work has been
translated into Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish,
and Serbo-Croatian. Smith is currently
editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris,
The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley for
the University of California Press. He
edits Aerial magazine and publishes Edge Books
( in Washington, DC. An
author page including poems, essays, reviews,
and interviews can be found at the Electronic
Poetry Center

Layout photos by Tim Davis

Tim Davis is an artist and writer living in
New York and teaching photography at
Bard College. He has had solo shows in
New York, London, Geneva, Brussels,
Milan, Miami and Atlanta. His new book
of poetry, AMERICAN WHATEVER, was
published by Edge Books in 2004.
His photos can be found at

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