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J. Celan Smith is a global nomad, raised in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and the USA. After settling in Portland, Oregon, he was educated in psychology, philosophy, religion and literature at Oregon State University, Multnomah Seminary and Emory University. He has taught at Emory and in Indonesia, Spain and the USA. He loves language, myth, romance, and imagination. Currently he lives on a horse farm near Asheville, North Carolina, where he writes, meditates, hikes, enjoys music, gardens, paints, and listens to nature. He is available for readings and speaking engagements.
on May 14, 2013 :
Jonathan Celan Smith is bar none the most superb poet to appear in decades. His poems are an intoxication of mystery and imagery that keep the reader returning time and again to drink at their wondrous and enchanting source. One finds in his poetry an individual who has evolved in mystical insight, weaving an elevated relationship with nature that has long been lacking in the platitudes of poets such as Billy Collins and his ilk.
Smith easily places himself in the company of inimitable American poets such as Merwin, Whitman, and Plath. That something this rare and profound is not on every shelf in every bookstore and library proves the presence of conspiracy in the publishing industry.
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