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Glover Poet Phil Smith to Read in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO – Award-winning author and poet Phil Smith will read from some of his books of poetry at the Greensboro Free Library on Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m.

A resident of Glover, Smith writes about life in rural America, and what poetry means in those lives. In his words, “My poems tell stories and songs about land and water, about animals and plants, about the author’s place among and alongside them.  They explore what it means to live across all seasons in the North Country. They take pleasure in hard work and small joys found in fields and woods, explore hard work and labor, our entangled connections with the natural world, and the joy (and ache) of physical effort.”

Author, educator, and neurodiversity scholar Nick Walker reviewed one of Smith’s volumes of poetry, writing, “Phil Smith has been a bold trailblazer and innovator in the realms of education, disability studies, mad studies, neurodiversity, and poetry, and in exploring how these realms can interconnect and inform one another. Each chapter of this book is a poetic thought experiment that shreds cultural norms and assumptions, points the way toward new creative directions in scholarship, and might make your brain explode.”

Smith donated a copy of each of his books of poetry to the library, and these are now available for loan.  His poetry reading will be free and all are welcome. For more information, call (802) 533-2531 or visit the library’s website greensborofreelibrary.org.

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