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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

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Paperback, 89 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by University Of Iowa Press
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Matt
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
My friend read me this poem maybe a decade ago and it's stayed with me ever since:

Ted's Head

"So there's this episode of Mary Tyler Moore where Ted's trying to get a raise & after finagling shenaniganizing he puts one over on Lou & gets his contract changed to non-exclusive sos he can do commercials which is not cool w/ Lou & the gang because Ted's just a brainless gimp & it hurts the image of the news to have the anchorman selling tomato slicers & dogfood so Lou gets despond
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CA
May 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
FIRST, here's a sample of his Spider Poems: http://www.idiolexicon.com/archive/ho... (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
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Karren
Dec 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Wade
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Splendid. The opening long poem, The Good House, kicks serious butt and everything else coalesces around it.
Vanessa
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Captivating piece of work. Influenced my piece "The Gay Herb"
Tracy
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sheer poem force.

Buy Rod's poem cds or go see him read, his vocal presence adds another dimension to the poems.
Mat Laporte
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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