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The Light in the Film
Drawing on characters from Tosca to Lew Welch to Henry Purcell and on landscapes from Mexico to Hell to Saratoga Springs, Jordan Smith’s sixth collection of poems is a wide-ranging consideration of the world viewed in the light of loss and restitution. Smith’s lyrics look for likenesses found in the combination of the unlikely, and they discover, in the do-it-yourself culture of America, a determined, eccentric resistance to time’s erosions. Adrian Frazier of the National University of Ireland said of this collection: “You won’t find any better wisdom, or memorable music, in the back catalogues of your favourite songbooks. For my money, then, Jordan Smith’s The Light in the Film is great poetry.”
Jordan Smith is the author of seven collections of poetry: An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns (Princeton University Press, 1982); Lucky Seven (Wesleyan University Press, 1988); The Household of Continuance (Copper Beech Press, 1992); For Appearances (University of Tampa Press, Tampa Review Poetry Prize, 2002); The Names of Things Are Leaving (University of Tampa Press, 2006); The Light in the Film (University of Tampa Press, 2011); and Clare's Empire (The Hydroelectric Press, 2014). Smith is also the author of three chapbooks: Three Grange Halls (Swan Scythe Press, Swan Scythe Chapbook Prize, 2002); Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2003); The Flute is Zero (Right Hand Pointing, online, 2006). He lives in upstate New York and teaches at Union College.