ED SMITH: Four Poems from I Am That Hero
ED SMITH born Newark on Dec. 23, 1952. He lives in the Jersey Shore community of Manasquan, NJ with his wife, Kathleen. He graduated from William Paterson College with a B.A. in Political Science, and Rutgers University with a M.L.S. in Library Science. Currently, he is the Library Director of Manville, NJ. He has had his poems and essays appear in numerous magazines including Exquisite Corpse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The World, Abraxas, Beehive, Giants Play Well in Drizzle, Footwork: the Paterson Literary review, as well as in the anthologies Under a Gull's Wing (Down the Shore Press, 1996) Blue Stones & Salt Hay (Rutgers University Press, 1990) and the Temple of Baseball (North Atlantic Books, 1985). His poem "the morning cracks to peeling" will be cut into stone by Larry Kirkland of Washington, D.C. to be permanently on display at New York City's Penn Station in 2002. All selections are from the newly published I Am That Hero © 2000 [ Gaede's Pond Press: 409 Wash. St. #260, Hoboken, NJ 07030. $12.00 postpaid.] You can read Ed Smiths interview with Allen Ginsberg and his essay on Walt Whitman in Camden here on NJPoets.com
Girls hug their boyfriends with
They walk past the black Atlantic,
Retired now, machinists kiss
as the loud music covers them.
into unknown galaxies.
THE MORNING CRACKS TO PEELINGthe morning cracks to peeling
paint off Bayonne's oil refinery
the black Pulaski Skyway
against an orange line of
the cries of children
I AM THAT HERO
I am a screeching star falling into the third dimension
I am King Kong turning 50
It's 4:32 PM & I've gotta go to work.
Copyright © 2001 Ed Smith, from I Am That Hero. All Rights Reserved.
Read Ed Smith's interview with Allen Ginsberg and his essay on Walt Whitman in Camden here on NJPoets.com
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