Arthur Smith is a professor of creative writing at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of three previous books of poetry: Elegy on Independence Day, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Orders of Affection and The Late World, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press.
"These poems are made of both familiar and elegantly spinning insight, real as rock. The flames bank and re-flare, but what Smith is shoring up for us in the ruins is the pure lyrical restraint of mastery: these poems re-make the way we see this world, right down to each fiery particle."
"Everything is endangered here: the earth and its species, the self with its knowledge that we know nothing, that what we love most can be, and will be, easily and brutally lost. And yet, in spite of this, or perhaps because of it, there is the fierce will to live. These poems sing and sere, stare clear-eyed into the sun. Finishing this book, one comes away feeling rinsed clean."
"Arthur Smith writes at the intersection of Main Street and the Milky Way, the physical and the spiritual world, in this book of experience, of sorrrows recognized and paradise remembered, "All that sugar coaxed out of clay ... " We are lucky to have this book that matters, The Fortunate Era."
Carnegie Mellon University Press