Here's a recent video of guitar and poetry...my doing "The Lives of the Aint's" a tribute to the creative spirit wherever it appears. It's from my forthcoming EACH MOMENT ALL collection from March Street Press.
My new novel The Free Farm has been released this October in the Appalachian Writing and Working Lives Series from Bottom Dog Press. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It's a love story set in the Ohio Valley, then Ohio University, and then a co-op farm commune in Southern Ohio. In this sequel to his The Long River Home novel, the characters move on into the turbulence and idealism of the late 1960s and early 1970s on an Appalachian farm commune. "Forbidden love. Counter-culture. The shadow of Vietnam. Sexual revolution. Social unrest. Marijuana and LSD. In this intriguing coming-of-age novel by Larry Smith, The Free Farm, we journey back to America’s turbulent late 60s and early 70s…. Smith provides a unique window into Lee’s young life that is driven by idealism, love of Emerson and Thoreau, and devotion to his beautiful partner, who practices Zen, meditates, and can fix cars….In this realistic yet often surprising and tender novel, a quoted line from 'The Waking' by Theodore Roethke serves as a guidepost: 'I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow/ I feel my fate in what I cannot fear/ I learn by going where I have to go.'" ~ Laura Treacy Bentley, author of Lake Effect
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Now the two Bottom Dog Press documentaries on DVD..."James Wright's Ohio" and "Kenneth Patchen: An Art of Engagement" productions of Tom Koba and Larry Smith These two Ohio writers are presented in their own words, through interviews with family and friends, and through poem enactments. Excellent for teaching.
Well, it's been a while, and I've been up to many things...teaching, editing others' works, publishing a few, and seeing my own novel The Long River Home reach publication through our Working Lives Series. That has taken me on the road for some readings around the state...even back home to Mingo Junction, Ohio...that one was great. What I have learned is the old "persistence as a way of life" for writers. Don't let the ego get in the way or cause you pain. But do what you must, by all means, do what you must.
New book from Taigu Ryokan...The Kanshi Poems of Taigu Ryokan...his journal poems from his years as a mountain monk, translated by Larry Smith and Mei Hui Liu Huang. Check it out. http://smithdocs.net/laughing_buddha_series_of_books