Rod Smith is the author of Deed(University of Iowa Press, 2007) and nine other books of poems, including Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l'Araignées, and In Memory of My Theories. He has taught creative writing at George Mason University, and was a visiting writer at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the Spring of 2010. He currently teaches at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. He edits the journalAerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages the independent Bridge Street Books in Washington, D.C. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley.
the egret says
the house, it is something to eat or sunlight, the egret
thinks, the house, it wills, is a subcanvas I can scribble, the egret moves
or is awake, loving the familiar solution of loving, this explains
the egret to the egret in the house
to the house & sunlight, we become intelligible because the egret
in beckettland or geography, in small mammals & planets
no egret never not says elliptical, no elliptical egret mechanism
well under a love, today, or today,
does not increase elliptical, covered stand of egret then,
the sunflower freezing in the egret's reason
is spilling nutria, is an idea
affiliative, monthly, in egret pajamas, lolling, to
merge with the sunflower, frozen in not freezing, but flashing.