Ron Smith, author of the poetry collections Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery and Moon Road, is the poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature. Winner of the Carole Weinstein Prize and other poetry awards, he holds the George Squires Chair of Distinguished Teaching and serves as Writer-in-Residence at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Richmond.
Edward Teller, Edgar Allan Poe, Mickey Mantle, Ezra Pound, Robert Penn Warren, and many others make appearances in Ron Smith's new collection. Wondering and weighing, these are poems capable of conviction as well as doubt. Like the city of Rome, the subject at the book’s center, Its Ghostly Workshop aims to rewire us, to “virus” us, to “rush” us “with visionary blazes, cascades / of memory, incandescent logic.”
“Intellectual travelogue merges with literary tour in these intricate creations and re-creations. Varied, fluent, fluid, and possessing a kind of free-wheeling formality, the poems traverse timescapes, frame landscapes, and introduce characters that will delight the discerning.”
“A compelling convergence of the near and the far, Its Ghostly Workshop offers a version of the particular that yields a haunting enormity, and a glimpse of coherence amid our machinations and lush debris. At the heart of the matter bides a compassionate heart, for which I say Δόξα το Θεώ.”
“Ron Smith knows we are Its Ghostly Workshop. Whether we meet it in Rome, or in literature, or in our parents, we bear dead history forward; whether we meet it in our bodies, or in the bodies of others, or in the echo of a shout in the street, we ‘Remember the memorable and let the rest go.’ This masterful book is a lathe, our selves its material. The unmemorable is excised by its blade. What remains shines.”
—T. R. Hummer
Louisiana State University Press