Ron Smith

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Ron Smith, Poet Laureate of Virginia 2014–2016, is the author of four books, including Its Ghostly Workshop, and The Humility of the Brutes, both from LSU Press. In 2020, his Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery appeared in a handsome new edition. His poems have appeared in The Nation, Georgia  Review, Kenyon Review, and many other periodicals and anthologies in North America and Europe. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts commissioned him to write poems for its 2018 exhibition “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art.”

  • Moveable

    Swords drawn, Hem and his bronze friend
  • Don’t Know Much About the French I Took

    I silently disapproved when they said, “Let’s go French
  • Remedios Varo’s Locomotion Capilar (1959)

    Riding the bicycles of their beards,

    Gone, even the singing fountain, here
  • Winkles & Dillisk

    Does he suspect the boys
  • Coda alla Vaccinara | A Dusting

    From Keats’s grave, past the Paladiana and Coyote
  • The Caravaggio Room

    Yuck, you heave in front of that sick boy
  • Early Christianity: A Poem | Rome

    OK, says James, let them keep their foreskins.
  • κάθαρσης

    Dr. Clark ordered daisies