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The Names of Things Are Leaving
Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
“Jordan Smith’s poems have the integrity of American oak and the systematic grace of music, which is their subject,” writes David Rigsbee. This is the latest collection by the poet who won the first Tampa Review Prize for Poetry with For Appearances. Of his new book, Karen Swenson says, “Smith makes stunning music, which draws you in to the dance.” John Drury adds, “The names of things may be leaving, but not if Jordan Smith’s marvelous, magnificent poems can help it.”
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.