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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  7 reviews

A deed is a governmental conveyance, a power asserted by the written, for, as William Carlos Williams wrote to Robert Creeley: “the government can never be more than the government of the words.” The question of ownership, of the words with which we define ourselves and each other, and of whose and what claims are legitimate is much at issue in Rod Smith’s Deed, a lyric, a

Paperback, 89 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by University Of Iowa Press
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FIRST, here's a sample of his Spider Poems: (which also contains a link to the text)

"Spiders are very interesting folks. Most of them are thieves
who do not want anything. If you are thief who does not
want anything this does not mean you are a spider. It shows,
rather, your lack of creativity. "

This poetry lacks NOTHING, and it especially does not lack courage! There're brows creased everywhere and anywhere whenever I say we need more courage in poems to
Sheer poem force.

Buy Rod's poem cds or go see him read, his vocal presence adds another dimension to the poems.
Nov 25, 2008 Karren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: language poets
Identity Is the Cause of Wart is my favorite poem in this collection. Smith mixes politics, philosophy, social commentary, pop culture. it's out there on the edge.
Splendid. The opening long poem, The Good House, kicks serious butt and everything else coalesces around it.
Captivating piece of work. Influenced my piece "The Gay Herb"
Mat Laporte
sacred dumb guys standing in the fake world flipping out

'Ted's Head' is a certified masterpiece.....
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