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A transplanted East Coaster, Craig Smith never imagined himself living in Salt Lake City, and yet, live there he does. While he awaits the next torquing of fate, he explores the amazing landscapes of the American West, writes poetry, and makes gas money by writing technical proposals. His work has appeared in various print and online publications including Pirene's Fountain which awarded him the 2010 Editor's prize for his poem "Song of Oak." Craig was also a featured poet for the Library of Congress's Poetry at Noon series.

Tanka | you are bothered by the obvious things



Your words make white wind
and cloud what your mouth could mean.
Trees roll up red sleeves,
crack their black knuckles then scratch
cuneiform tales in clay skies.


you are bothered by the obvious things

bothered by gods so great and good
that no matter what you do or dare
all is forgivable just for the asking

bothered by the cocksure heart
that delegates all doubt and detail
to lesser organs and sanguine luck

bothered by both shifts of dreamcraft
that fabricate all types of truth
or a whole line of unexposable lies

bothered by the better secret
that is not kept in a locked box
but in the sealed heart of the lock itself