Tag Archive: poetry

Why you should submit to Camas: The Nature of the West

6 reasons why you should submit to Camas: 1. Because it’s an awesome literary magazine put out by the Environmental Studies grad department at the University of Montana. (The fact that I’m in the… Continue reading

“Why Read a Book?”

Two of my pleasures, in one poem: reading and looking at birds. Oh man. Not sure I’d always choose birds over books, but on these beautiful fall days, when the sun is warm… Continue reading

Visiting Mountains, by Ted Kooser

  Visiting Mountains   The plains ignore us, but these mountains listen, an audience of thousands holding its breath in each rock. Climbing, we pick our way over skulls of small talk. On… Continue reading

Christmas time is nearly here

Christmas time is nearly here Give a shout, hooray! It’s time to be with those held dear, To frolic, sing and play.   But behave yourself, the warning goes, To kids, both naughty… Continue reading

I stay a little longer

Good-night! good-night! As we so oft have said Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days That are no more, and shall no more return. Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and… Continue reading

Cedar Waxwing

What I do while waiting for birds to fly into our mist nets– sometimes I drink coffee, sometimes I take cat naps, sometimes I write poems about birds.

Happy Birthday Dad!

For my Dad, one of the many Mike Smiths that exist in the world, but definitely the most important (at least in my life). You’ve taught me just about everything important in life,… Continue reading

Don’t go back to sleep

I found this poem on the wall of the Denver Airport, just outside baggage claim, while I was on my way out after dropping off my sister for her flight back to Ohio.… Continue reading

The Fall

She slips and falls on her behind The boy’s concerned, but never mind. She’s okay she gingerly explains It’s her pride more than her butt that pains. So then he laughs, and she… Continue reading

This Here’s A Goose

Brant. New York, 2011. This here’s a goose, not at all like a moose You can tell this by looking at its caboose. A moose won’t have feathers; its behind is all hairy… Continue reading