Rich Smith's All Talk is like listening to my own inner-life but hearing it articulated in a way that makes sense, it's like figuring out something about the world and then knowing we might never really know what the world is. I read these poems and I feel an urgency, I feel better about things, I feel tongue-tied. Smith's work makes me want to smoke cigarettes, order for the whole bar, fall in love, and die in some happy but messy way.
In terms of poetical trick playing, Smith is an expert.
Rich Smith is the author of the chapbook Great Poem of Desire and Other Poems (Poor Claudia 2013). His poems have appeared in Tin House, Guernica, Barrow Street, Pinwheel, and a number of other places. He grew up in Belton, MO and now lives and works in Seattle, WA.
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