Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Feature: Carlton Smith Day 4


I remember your tiny mouth of striking, rose red
Scarlet, pursed to mask the ever-present semblance of a grin

Green gothic eyes intensely gazed, intent upon your
Target, black hair painted a frame about your face

Your dagger sharp tongue, wielded with skill and precision
Devious and deadly it protected

You, yet still I saw your soft center, hidden deep and kept
Carefully protected, I could feel you long for comfort

That night you held my hand and slept upon my lap
I sat and listened to you breathe

© Carlton Smith

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Interview Question

How do you think your poetry/writing impacts the lives of others?


This is a good question. For me, poetry is about the human experience. In all of my writing I try to capture a certain humanness that I hope is conveyed to my readers. Even when a poem focuses on nature, or something of that sort, I strive to capture man's experience of it, as opposed to just the object itself. So, when someone reads my poems, it is my wish that they come away with a feeling of relation - that they can feel what it is that the subject or object of the poem is feeling. I believe this is a large task and not easily achieved and I'm quite sure I don't always succeed in my endeavor, but I hope that sometimes I do. And when I do I hope the reader walks away feeling like he or she was touched by the life and experience of another, or even ultimately can relate in such a way that they feel that the poem is about their own experience.


  1. First impression:

    Way past the witching hour and after Pinocchio had been tucked in bed, Geppetto sneaked into Pinocchina's bedroom. Pinocchio's sister, roused from slumber, found herself on her master's lap. Being precocious (and deciduous), she knew what the old man wanted. And gave it to him till his timbers were shivered.

    Second impression:

    I'm sure the poet is conveying something poignant, innocent, romantic. But I'm still getting buzzed with freaky signals. :)

    Technically, this is very nicely executed.

  2. Like the poem very much... and especially like the answer to the interview question..

    It resonates with what I try to do with my own writing.
    Thank you Carlton.

    chris Brooks