What will surprise you about Alison Smith’s poems is the tenaciousness that lies beneath their grace and wit, their unwillingness to concede the bittersweet complexity of human experience to either gross reduction or cowed silence. Exploring the domestic epics of relationships, childbirth, and parenting, as well as societal issues like patriarchy and justice, Smith discovers that often “we barely know how feelings think.” But if our stories sometimes elude uslike a skipping rope, where one end is “held slack / by skeptics, the other turned too fast”Smith’s poems jump in and find expression’s rhythm.
About the author
Alison Smith is the author of The Wedding House, Six Mats and One Year, and the chapbook Fishwork, Dear (2009). She was shortlisted for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Fjords Review, Event Magazine, Rusty Toque, Understorey, and Lemonhound. She lives in New Germany, Nova Scotia.