Marcus Smith Poetry

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Biography of Marcus Smith Poetry

British/American poet Marcus Smith's newest collection, SEZ/everything, speaks, is forthcoming with Live Canon, London. He is a two-time finalist for the Cinnamon Press Book Awards. He has been shortlisted for The Bridgeport Prize twice and has published in many journals and anthologies in the UK, US and Europe. He has received prizes from Poets on the Lake, The Plough Prize and The Southern Poetry Review, as well as nominations and commendations from the Pushcart Prize, The Nation/ “Discovery” Award, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Thomas Hardy Society. He was was a Merit Fellow in Vermont College’s MFA program.

In his work M. Smith says he “likes to play off his transatlantic background and experiences while acknowledging that poetry should be accessible to all cultures.” He works in a variety of styles – lyric, formal, epigrammatic and, more recently, a spontaneous process of poetry initially sent as texts and heard as songs on the street. Micro-reportage, verbal video clips, staccato lyrics, haiku and a hybrid of something quite new and direct come to mind.

M.Smith's recent journal publications in the UK include: Ambit, Acumen, Envoi, Orbis The Rialto, Stand, Staple and The Shop. In the US Able Muse, Atlanta Review, The Classical Outlook, Salmagundi, Slant and The South Carolina Review have published his work. Poetry Salzburg, The French Review and Recours au Poemes have also published his work. His reviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner, PN Review, Dark Horse, Staple, Rattle and Pleiades.

He lives in London with his lovely wife Jennifer and their three children. Updates

58 In Cargo

Inspectors at Dover discovered us
Slumped behind crates of tomatoes,
Suffocated in the airtight freight-hold
On the hottest weekend of the year.
Five hours across the Channel, the truck's
Refrigeration unit switched off....
The newspapers and TV tell us
We died dreaming better lives.

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