Posts by J.L. Smith

I am a writer/political scientist based in Eagle River, Alaska. I hold a BA degree in English/Creative Writing and a MA in International Relations. Best of both worlds, I write everything from naturalistic poetry to Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Recent publications: Academic Nonfiction: The Syrian Dilemma: Moscow's Motives in the Syrian Uprising (2013). ISBN: 9781304283931 Creative Nonfiction: "The Important Things" - Alaska Women Speak - Winter 2015 issue Fiction: How to Eat a Bagel - 50-word Stories - Sept 15, 2015 The Devil and the White Room - Down in the Dirt - July/August 2016 Poetry: "Sara" - Grassroots - Fall 1999 "Femininity" - Cirque - Summer 2015 "Sitting in the Bathroom" - Yellow Chair Review - July 2015 "A Happy Poem" - Eunoia Review - August 2015 "Willow Rebuilds" "Spectators" "Fire Angels" - Alaska Women Speak- Fall 2015 "Dark Clouds Descend Low" - Three Line Poetry - Issue 33 - Sept 2015 "Da!" - Peeking Cat Poetry - 8th issue - Oct 2015 "Three times my baby's stroller passes by" - Eunoia Review - Oct 2015 "Babushka's Samovar", "If I May Speak", and "High Tea and Fancy Things" - Alaska Women Speak - Winter 2015 Issue "Joanna's Child" - Cirque - Winter Solstice issue 2015. "Away with the Bitterness!" - Peeking Cat Poetry - 9th Issue - Dec 2015 "Away with the Bitterness!" - Alaska Shorts (49 Writers blog) - December 22, 2015 "The Reflex", "The Drop Off", and "Crossed Eyes" - Eskimo Pie - Feb 2016 "The Fragments You Carry", "The Fireweed Dies", and "Crabapples" - 13 Chairs - Spring 2016

Excerpt: Medusa, The Lost Daughter

From “The New Servant”

Beauty’s worth lies in the beholder’s pride

in it. A prize it is at its peak, but

spoiled it is after its beholder’s use.

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Excerpt: Medusa, The Lost Daughter

Excerpt from “Voiceless”

A king’s voice gets the king what he wants and what

a servant can afford to pay, whether

that be in gold or a live sacrifice.

Like what you have read? Get your full version of this book of poetry for $8 by contacting me at jennsmithak @ gmail.com

Excerpt: Medusa, The Lost Daughter

From “The Departure’s Promise”

What of material nature is more

precious and sacred than the touch of a

mother’s, father’s, or sisters’? These capture

more the mind and heart than the hand which holds

only the physical briefly.”

Like what you have read? Get your full version of this book of poetry for $8 by contacting me at jennsmithak @ gmail.com

 

Excerpt: Medusa, The Lost Daughter

Excerpt:

From “The Decree”

Revelations from secrets’ past blinds the

sight in the present, as the mind shifts the

blame to soothe the past for the present’s use.

Like what you have read? Get your full version of this book of poetry for $8 by contacting me at jennsmithak @ gmail.com