Collected Poems 1939-1989 by William Jay Smith

Copyright 1989
Checked out 4 times in 22 years
Last checked out 6 years ago

I admit I’ve never heard of William Jay Smith, though, according to the book jacket, many people I have heard of know of him. Browsing this volume, I suspect he was “under the radar” because he wrote formal, rhyming poetry when it wasn’t cool. But apparently he wrote it well enough that people who wrote free verse, and thus were cool, applauded his work. His literary career can certainly be considered a great success, including a stint as Poet Laureate. There’s a great range of subject matter in this volume, including that which will appeal to people in Albertville. William Jay Smith was born and raised in the South, so we can claim him as kin even though he has since settled in a more northeasterly direction, including time in England, Italy and France (according to wikipedia and The circulation on this volume hasn’t been great, but it was checked out recently and the poetry is a nice fit for Albertville. I recommend keeping this until either it falls apart or it suffers from 20 years of complete neglect.


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