Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery
From Jimmy Hoffa to Jesse Owens, from public affairs to private griefs, from the horrors of World War II to the aching waste of Vietnam, family conflict to tender love, the American South to England’s Oxford, from mystical insight to ordinary pleasures, this 2nd edition of Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery offers poems that aim for clarity within complexity, power within beauty, and the authentically spiritual within the funkily physical.
"No other serious American poet, not even Frost, is as clear, clear to the point of pellucid, as Ron Smith—until all at once you realize he has lured you into some very deep water and you are drowning in emotions you never felt before. –Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities
“Moon Road showcases Ron Smith’s keen intelligence and artistic integrity in poems ranging from family to ancient histories—from familiar to more distant landscapes. Smith revels in the sensual particulars of time and place, finding beauty in the “whole world’s jumbo stench” and joy in a “shivery, delightful” present. His is a rare voice, informed in careful measure by the poet’s wonder, confidence, and emotional vulnerability.” –Claudia Emerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry