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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Six Mats and One Year
Alison Smith

2003 / Poetry / $18.95
9781894031561 / Trade paper / 72 pp

Over the past decade, countless young Canadians, lured by adventure and the promise of well-paid work, have travelled to Asia to teach English in the many private language schools that have sprung up there. Although these schools provide new opportunities for Asians by opening up Western language and culture, those who have travelled to Asia to teach have as often found themselves the students. Alison Smith’s poems chronicle her experience teaching English in Japan, exploring this cross-cultural exchange in the clear, unadorned narrative voice that typified her debut collection.

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“Smith’s lyricism is precise, definite; yet, her work is fascinated by the indefinite.” George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Chronicle Herald

Other Books by this Author

This Kind of Thinking Does No Good
Alison Smith

2018 / Canadian Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554471690 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Fishwork, Dear
Alison Smith

2010 / Poetry / $5.95 CAN
9781554470907 / Pamphlet / 16 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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