Red Roads

In “What Matters Comes Slowly” Smith says, “It takes time to be touched by things.” So it is with this first collection of his poetry, which was selected by Stanley Kunitz as a National Poetry Series winner for 1987. The poems deal with the landscape of Smith’s native South; his family, especially his brother; his sometimes failed relationships; his travels; the memories of the past he carries with him. They are quietly lyrical yet emotionally hard-hitting, and dense with imagespoems that repay the time we take with them by touching us “at the heart of our lives.” Grace Bauer, formerly with New Orleans P.L.

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Selected by

Stanley Kunitz