BLOG: A Huron writer's imaginative new book

Tom Jackson
Oct 7, 2010

 

Larry Smith is a Huron novelist, poet, publisher, and English professor. He's interested in working-class life and the problems of ordinary people (he is the founder of Bottom Dog Press) but 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 says.

The book, Tu Fu Comes to America: A Story in Poems, is available for $9. More information here (click "Catalog" and select Smith's book.) I suggest reading the except on the publisher's site; it has more clarity and narrative than one might expect from a modern poem.