Cloth $10.00 ISBN: 9781589661981 Published December 2009

Push

A Collection of Poems

Ronald F. Smits

Ronald F. Smits

Distributed for University of Scranton Press

78 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2009
Cloth $10.00 ISBN: 9781589661981 Published December 2009

In this sophisticated debut collection, Ronald F. Smits deftly weaves the comic with the tragic as he vividly recreates days past in rural Pennsylvania. With a boyish charm, the eighty poems in Push lyrically recall baseball games, campouts under the stars, and dusty treks along lonely back roads—bringing to life a vision of mid-century America that is by turns nostalgic and clear-eyed, humorous and heartfelt. A masterly evocation of a place and a time that feel quintessentially American, Push opens our eyes to the twinned power of literature and memory.

Naomi Shihab Nye

“What a gift Ronald Smits has for creating compact, resonant scenes. His poems push on the clarity button inside us—vivid transport for the reader.”

Richard Jones, author of The Blessing

“Poetry is a celebration of life, yet poets often express this truth ironically, elegiacally. But Ron Smits looks at the miracle of our world and tell us openly, ‘there is nothing / in this vision that I do not love.’ This is a poetry of joy—not life’s memorial, but the life itself. Push is a delightful gift, and reading these poems is like getting to open ‘birthday and Christmas gifts combined.’”

Contents

Grandpa’s Glass Eye

The Underground Fort

Hanging Out the Wash

Gutter Ball

Bottle Caps

Robbers

Who Needs Fort Apache?

The Water Pistol

The Birth of Venus

Ice Skating

34 C

Genu

Play

Trajectories

Vision

The Trestle Bridge at Mahoning Creek

The Rose Petunia

Near the Andy Warhol Museum

The Watercolors of East Carson Street

Morning

Drying the Dishes

Confessions

Tootsie

Dog Dirt

Crossing the Bayonne Bridge

On the Turnpike Bridge

Bridges

The Boulevard Pool

Hardpack

Ray

Relatives

Push

Brass

Dragons

Sleeping in Pine Beach

A Map for My Mother

The Kaskaskia River

Day Care

Wetlands

Wolf Creek

Under My Arms

Black Rocks

Dancing with the Rocks in the Cowanshannock

The Whale Rocks

White Whales at Buttermilk Falls

Humpback

Design

Surfing

Agent

Natural Science

On Seeing Alaska at an Early Age

Ice Jam Above Kittanning

Listen

Spring

Rain

Wild Columbine

Womb

Still Life

The Deer at Dusk

The New Journalism

Banded

Teacher Preparation

The Right Answer

Tamaroa

Word Perfect

Tenure

Singapore

Internal Revenue

Troy Hill

The History of Flight

Ottocento

Conventional Wisdom

Drifters

Procession

Sunday on the South Side

The Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Spirit of Pears

The National Formulary

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