Alison Smith

Alison Smith is the author of three books of poetry and one chapbook. Her most recent collection, This Kind of Thinking Does No Good, was awarded the 2019 J.M. Abraham Award for Atlantic Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2020 Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. She has written for radio, the stage, and has taught poetry workshops in prison, schools and other community settings. Alison lives in rural Nova Scotia.

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This Kind of Thinking Does No Good
Alison Smith

2018 / Canadian Poetry / $18.95
9781554471690 / Trade paper / 64 pp

What will surprise you about Alison Smith’s poems is the tenaciousness that lies beneath their grace and wit, their unwillingness to concede the bittersweet complexity of human experience to either gross reduction or cowed silence. Exploring the domestic epics of relationships, childbirth, and parenting, as well as societal issues like patriarchy and justice, Smith discovers that often “we barely know how feelings think.” But if our stories sometimes elude us—like a skipping rope, where one end is “held slack / by skeptics, the other turned too fast”—Smith’s poems jump in and find expression’s rhythm.

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Other Books by this Author

Fishwork, Dear
Alison Smith

2010 / Poetry / $5.95 CAN
9781554470907 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
Six Mats and One Year
Alison Smith

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031561 / Trade paper / 72 pp
The Wedding House
Alison Smith

2001 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031295 / Fine / 104 pp
The Wedding House
Alison Smith

2001 / Poetry / $12.95 CAN
9781894031301 / Trade paper / 104 pp

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