Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nature Photo-Poems


More Nature Photo-Poems in the Zen spirit.

Photos by Brian Smith/ Words by Larry Smith




Thursday, January 08, 2015

Call for Manuscripts: APPALACHIA NOW: CONTEMPORARY FICTION.
Appalachia Now: Contemporary Fiction
Bottom Dog Press is issuing a call for submissions for this forthcoming anthology of contemporary Appalachian short stories. The stories included will be sharp, vivid evocations of a place, its people and culture. We aren’t seeking sentimental treatments, but strong human stories. Both Northern and Southern treatments of the Appalachian theme are encouraged. Style is open, as long as it serves the story and the audience.
Editors: Larry Smith and Charles Dodd White


This book will be published as part of Bottom Dog Press’s Appalachian Fiction Series and is considered a follow-up to the best selling Degrees of Elevation anthology published by Bottom Dog Press in 2010.

Specifics:

Length: between 3,000 and 6,000 words.
Submissions are open now. The reading will be ongoing.
Deadline: March 15, 2015.
Email submissions only. Send attached .doc file to: charlesdoddwhite@gmail.com and make sure the word “Submission” is somewhere in the subject line.
Payment: $50 and two copies
Reprints are acceptable in some cases. Please let us know where it’s been published and if the publication was print or online.
Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as we are notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
No multiple submissions, please. Pick your best story and send it forward.

Bottom Dog Press is an independent literary small press in its 30th year with 180 titles.
Bottom Dog Press/ PO Box 425, Huron, OH 44839 http://smithdocs.net

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nature Photo-Poems

Nature Photo-Poems: Photos 
by Brian Smith/ Poems by Larry Smith




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 Here is my review of Diane di Prima's new book The Poetry Deal, City Lights Books...honoring her as Poet Laureate of San Francisco (2014).

 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1116076358

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Larry Smith review of Something Rich and Strange:  Selected Stories



Ron Rash is often billed as a “Southern” or an “Appalachian” writer, and it’s true that he writes from the heart of a place and its people, but this should not confine him, any more than Faulkner is confined by Mississippi or Hemingway by Upper Michigan. It’s not a box, then, but an open window into his work and world. True, he chooses to live in Western North Carolina where he grew up and now works, teaching at Western Carolina University, but he is very much a contemporary American writer.
He is a the author of five prizewinning novels, including Serena and One Foot in Eden, and four collections of poetry as well as five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, Nothing Gold Can Stay, and Chemistry and Other Stories. This opus collection of his short fiction (his favorite form) is drawn from all of the short fiction.
He brings his poet’s eyes to the images of his people and place and his native ears to the language of that locale. One of the best tales, “Into the Gorge” opens with his description: “His great-aunt had been born on this land, lived on it eight decades, and knew it as well as she knew her husband and children. That was what she’d always claimed, and could tell you to the week when the first dogwood blossom would brighten the ridge, the first blackberry darken and swell enough to harvest.” This story moves from the aunt’s demise in the woods to a simple yet wild story of Jesse’s misfortune when hunting ginseng. It is one of the most plotted of his stories and one of the most troubling.
Typically, Ron Rash writes what we might term slice-of-life fiction, where the story seems to happen with the same absence of form as life itself. He has declared that he locates character and place and then tries to stay out of the way of the story. And so they often end as they start in the middle of circumstance. But the characters, the dialogue, and the images are so vivid they hold you close. It’s like stopping in a local dinner, sipping your coffee, and overhearing the talk and watching the faces of those sitting in the next booth.
The time frame ranges from depression times up to the most modern. “Hard Times” opens with Jacob and Edna on their farm surrounded by the poverty of neighbors. It’s a beautiful story and one of the most tender.
“Back of Beyond” leads us into a contemporary Appalachian town consumed by the use and abuse of methadone. But don’t expect themes or stances from Rash. There is suspense and there are moments of understanding, but he is there to record—what is seen and what is missed.
Ron Rash’s writing resonates with our lives.
- See more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/something-rich-and-strange#sthash.hou4ZY2N.dpuf
Ron Rash is often billed as a “Southern” or an “Appalachian” writer, and it’s true that he writes from the heart of a place and its people, but this should not confine him, any more than Faulkner is confined by Mississippi or Hemingway by Upper Michigan. It’s not a box, then, but an open window into his work and world. True, he chooses to live in Western North Carolina where he grew up and now works, teaching at Western Carolina University, but he is very much a contemporary American writer.
He is a the author of five prizewinning novels, including Serena and One Foot in Eden, and four collections of poetry as well as five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, Nothing Gold Can Stay, and Chemistry and Other Stories. This opus collection of his short fiction (his favorite form) is drawn from all of the short fiction.
He brings his poet’s eyes to the images of his people and place and his native ears to the language of that locale. One of the best tales, “Into the Gorge” opens with his description: “His great-aunt had been born on this land, lived on it eight decades, and knew it as well as she knew her husband and children. That was what she’d always claimed, and could tell you to the week when the first dogwood blossom would brighten the ridge, the first blackberry darken and swell enough to harvest.” This story moves from the aunt’s demise in the woods to a simple yet wild story of Jesse’s misfortune when hunting ginseng. It is one of the most plotted of his stories and one of the most troubling.
Typically, Ron Rash writes what we might term slice-of-life fiction, where the story seems to happen with the same absence of form as life itself. He has declared that he locates character and place and then tries to stay out of the way of the story. And so they often end as they start in the middle of circumstance. But the characters, the dialogue, and the images are so vivid they hold you close. It’s like stopping in a local dinner, sipping your coffee, and overhearing the talk and watching the faces of those sitting in the next booth.
The time frame ranges from depression times up to the most modern. “Hard Times” opens with Jacob and Edna on their farm surrounded by the poverty of neighbors. It’s a beautiful story and one of the most tender.
“Back of Beyond” leads us into a contemporary Appalachian town consumed by the use and abuse of methadone. But don’t expect themes or stances from Rash. There is suspense and there are moments of understanding, but he is there to record—what is seen and what is missed.
Ron Rash’s writing resonates with our lives.
- See more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/something-rich-and-strange#sthash.hou4ZY2N.dpuf
“Ron Rash’s writing resonates with our lives.”
Ron Rash is often billed as a “Southern” or an “Appalachian” writer, and it’s true that he writes from the heart of a place and its people, but this should not confine him, any more than Faulkner is confined by Mississippi or Hemingway by Upper Michigan. It’s not a box, then, but an open window into his work and world. True, he chooses to live in Western North Carolina where he grew up and now works, teaching at Western Carolina University, but he is very much a contemporary American writer.
He is a the author of five prizewinning novels, including Serena and One Foot in Eden, and four collections of poetry as well as five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, Nothing Gold Can Stay, and Chemistry and Other Stories. This opus collection of his short fiction (his favorite form) is drawn from all of the short fiction.
He brings his poet’s eyes to the images of his people and place and his native ears to the language of that locale. One of the best tales, “Into the Gorge” opens with his description: “His great-aunt had been born on this land, lived on it eight decades, and knew it as well as she knew her husband and children. That was what she’d always claimed, and could tell you to the week when the first dogwood blossom would brighten the ridge, the first blackberry darken and swell enough to harvest.” This story moves from the aunt’s demise in the woods to a simple yet wild story of Jesse’s misfortune when hunting ginseng. It is one of the most plotted of his stories and one of the most troubling.
Typically, Ron Rash writes what we might term slice-of-life fiction, where the story seems to happen with the same absence of form as life itself. He has declared that he locates character and place and then tries to stay out of the way of the story. And so they often end as they start in the middle of circumstance. But the characters, the dialogue, and the images are so vivid they hold you close. It’s like stopping in a local dinner, sipping your coffee, and overhearing the talk and watching the faces of those sitting in the next booth.
The time frame ranges from depression times up to the most modern. “Hard Times” opens with Jacob and Edna on their farm surrounded by the poverty of neighbors. It’s a beautiful story and one of the most tender.
“Back of Beyond” leads us into a contemporary Appalachian town consumed by the use and abuse of methadone. But don’t expect themes or stances from Rash. There is suspense and there are moments of understanding, but he is there to record—what is seen and what is missed.
Ron Rash’s writing resonates with our lives.
- See more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/something-rich-and-strange#sthash.gepGdAF0.wKWfjhhI.dpuf
“Ron Rash’s writing resonates with our lives.”
Ron Rash is often billed as a “Southern” or an “Appalachian” writer, and it’s true that he writes from the heart of a place and its people, but this should not confine him, any more than Faulkner is confined by Mississippi or Hemingway by Upper Michigan. It’s not a box, then, but an open window into his work and world. True, he chooses to live in Western North Carolina where he grew up and now works, teaching at Western Carolina University, but he is very much a contemporary American writer.
He is a the author of five prizewinning novels, including Serena and One Foot in Eden, and four collections of poetry as well as five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, Nothing Gold Can Stay, and Chemistry and Other Stories. This opus collection of his short fiction (his favorite form) is drawn from all of the short fiction.
He brings his poet’s eyes to the images of his people and place and his native ears to the language of that locale. One of the best tales, “Into the Gorge” opens with his description: “His great-aunt had been born on this land, lived on it eight decades, and knew it as well as she knew her husband and children. That was what she’d always claimed, and could tell you to the week when the first dogwood blossom would brighten the ridge, the first blackberry darken and swell enough to harvest.” This story moves from the aunt’s demise in the woods to a simple yet wild story of Jesse’s misfortune when hunting ginseng. It is one of the most plotted of his stories and one of the most troubling.
Typically, Ron Rash writes what we might term slice-of-life fiction, where the story seems to happen with the same absence of form as life itself. He has declared that he locates character and place and then tries to stay out of the way of the story. And so they often end as they start in the middle of circumstance. But the characters, the dialogue, and the images are so vivid they hold you close. It’s like stopping in a local dinner, sipping your coffee, and overhearing the talk and watching the faces of those sitting in the next booth.
The time frame ranges from depression times up to the most modern. “Hard Times” opens with Jacob and Edna on their farm surrounded by the poverty of neighbors. It’s a beautiful story and one of the most tender.
“Back of Beyond” leads us into a contemporary Appalachian town consumed by the use and abuse of methadone. But don’t expect themes or stances from Rash. There is suspense and there are moments of understanding, but he is there to record—what is seen and what is missed.
Ron Rash’s writing resonates with our lives.
- See more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/something-rich-and-strange#sthash.gepGdAF0.wKWfjhhI.dpuf