Paging through this issue of The Smoking Poet, I felt a simmering revolution in these words. The
world is ripe for change, and each one of us is capable of sparking change, of
taking the spark down the road to the next waiting light. What fires burn in
artist is W.D. Chandler Smith, whose photojournalism
you will see on these pages. That’s his fire. During his recent Kalamazoo
College study abroad experience, the recent graduate documented the revolution
he saw unfolding in front of him in Egypt.
In A Good Cause, read about Lisa Rose Starner’s new book, Grand Rapids Food: A Culinary Revolution,
about what she found in the local food movement and just how much a small
garden can change an entire city. She’s a rebel with a shovel.
three author interviews for you. Mariela Griffor,
founder and publisher of one of this country’s best poetry presses, Marick
Press, is this time the one getting published. She talks about her third poetry
collection, The Psychiatrist, and how taking part in a Chilean revolution that
sent her into exile shaped her life, shaped her poetry, but won’t shape her
interviews include Linda Merlino about her new
book, Room of Tears, with an unusual
twist on the aftermath of September 11, 2001. We talk, too, to David Poyer,
whose battle in The Whiteness of the
Whale is one of survival under the attack of a whale, but also in defense
of the whales.
our selection of established writers and
newcomers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction, plus a novel excerpt. Tim Bazzett
and I both have our say in book reviews. Check out our offer on having an
author interview with YOU in the next issue of The Smoking Poet. And, as the year draws gradually toward
please consider a gift to keep this literary showcase going (see PayPal link at right). We’ve had to cut
down from four issues per year to three, and we may have to cut to two … help
us stay online. Publishing words that turn the page to flame is our own
revolution. Please help us keep that fire burning.
... and more reviews coming soon!