High Field—First Day of Winter

The Language of Adventure

The Perfect Stranger

The Art of Excellence and the Art of the Unattainable

Transfigures: Sketches in Clay

The Second Violinist’s Son

A Conspiracy Theory of Literature: Thoreau and You

Pine Cones

Dave Smith is the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. His newest book of poems, Hawks on Wires, is forthcoming from LSU Press this fall. Along with Robert DeMott, he edited the essay anthology Afield: Writers on Bird Dogs (Skyhorse Press, 2010).

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