Spatial Relations (Paperback)
Readable and inviting, Spatial Relations reminds us of the power in everyday places and objects and the mysterious space between them. Like the fold-up shapes in old junior high school aptitude tests, they are both concrete and bewildering. The characters and personae in these poems, including mythologized versions of Smith's parents, yearn for big emotions, for high living, for what they have tasted and touched, loved and lost.
This is a book that will invite you to remember, imagine and laugh more often than you might expect. The poems in this collection have a rueful, lively sense of humor, an underlying impatience with social inequity, and a willingness to imagine that things might be playing themselves out differently in some parallel universe. Like anyone who has narrowly escaped a life of domestic confinement, these poems have a wild streak.
About the Author
Leonora Smith was born between V-E and V-J day in Great Falls, Montana, and spent the first six months of her life living in a dresser drawer. A baby boomer and proud product of her generation, Smith\'s formative years took her from the Eisenhower Administration to the summer of love. With stints as a waitress and bartender she is now an associate professor of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University.