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Black Hole Factory
A black hole is a region of space-time with such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it. In Black Hole Factory, poet Eric Smith writes his way into and out of such holes with a commitment to the history and craftsmanship of the well-shaped poem. He compresses experience, intellect, and feeling within concentrated stanzas of compelling density. Even traditional rhyme and meter become sources of surprise and innovation in his hands. The book has poems that communicate impressive control, intellect, and wit—poems that cultivate ironic self-awareness and detachment on the part of both poet and reader. And then there are breakthrough moments giving up both irony and control in which poet and reader experience a kind of gravitational collapse powerful enough to deform and reshape space and time. In the end, Eric Smith has shaped a profound and accomplished manuscript of deep personal engagement graced by moving, open flights of lyricism.
Eric Smith’s poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Five Points, Indiana Review, The New Criterion, Southwest Review, and the Best New Poets anthology. He co-founded the text message poetry journal Cellpoems, and is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council artist fellowship. He is an assistant professor of English at Marshall University.