REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: He brings classic Chinese poet to Cleveland streets

Larry Smith is a Huron novelist, poet, publisher, and English professor who founded Bottom Dog Press. He's interested in working-class life and the problems of ordinary people -- and also Asian culture and philosophy. He teaches Buddhist meditation in a Sandusky meditation center.
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 1, 2010

 

Larry Smith is a Huron novelist, poet, publisher, and English professor who founded Bottom Dog Press. He's interested in working-class life and the problems of ordinary people -- and also Asian culture and philosophy. He teaches Buddhist meditation in a Sandusky meditation center.

Many of these interests come together in a new book of poetry "in which I channel Chinese poet Tu Fu onto the streets of Cleveland, Ohio," Smith said.

The book, "Tu Fu Comes to America: A Story in Poems," is available for $9 from the publisher, March Street Press, and from usual book outlets such as Amazon.com. It's also available from Mac's Backs, a bookstore at 1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights.

Readers can try an excerpt at the publisher's website, marchstreetpress.com. As Smith says, it "comes together like a novel in poetry." Search "Tu Fu Larry Smith" on YouTube to access readings of excerpts.

-- Tom Jackson

 

Bellevue blotter bits

Is there any section of the newspaper more loved than the daily police blotter? We thought not.

So here, in all its glory, are some quirky, bodacious blotter items you might have missed this past week. (As a side note: Folks like to the throw things in the early morning hours in Bellevue.)

In Bellevue a group of five or six juveniles smashed pumpkins and threw flower pots into the street. Nearby on West Main Street, meanwhile, a driver told police several unseen people threw eggs at his windshield.

Hours later, in the 200 block of Southwest St., a resident reported an opossum in her bedroom. (Nothing was thrown there.) An hour after that a Randall Avenue resident told police she had video evidence of her neighbor throwing things in her yard.

That morning at Bellevue Hotel and Suites on East Main Street, five pillows went missing from a room. Guests later returned them.

All in a day's work for Bellevue police.

-- Register staff