Smoky Hoss

Gold Star - 12,812 Points (01 may 1962 / U.S.A.)

Biography of Smoky Hoss

A lack of literary artifice is no sin,
So long as the way of the words invite the soul in.

'Poets are used to discovering, years after a poem is written, what it's really about.'
-Kathleen Norris (from: 'The Cloister Walk')

'To live is to fly
Both low and high.'
-Townes Van Zandt

'You don't choose a life,
you live it.'
-Emilio Estevez

'There ain't no dark
Until something shines,
I'm bound to leave
This dark behind.'
-Townes Van Zandt

'There's alot more standing here
Than what you see,
My back is bending low
But my spirit's flyin' free,
This ol' bag of bones
Ain't really me.'
-Guy Clark

'The poet says, Here, let me show you something. That is, let me help you to see something as you have not seen it before.'
-N. Scott Momaday

There is always a presence of a great Absence.

Smoky Hoss's Works:


Votive Mournings

The melancholy comes most in the morning.
The sleeping dog lies by the bed
Upon the lowly floor
Menaced by nothing in particular.
The vague fear, rising slow like the sun,
Of something lacking.
A self, suffering soulless.
A tree with no song birds
Standing lonely in the meadow,

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