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From the July Issue

J.D. SMITH

At the United States Navy Memorial


The shattered man proclaims a cryptic cause.
So far he hasn’t broken any laws.
While pacing in a cloud of words and smell
The shattered man proclaims a cryptic cause
As tourists pass. One says “He isn’t well”
And doesn’t stop, for all he has to tell.
The shattered man proclaims a cryptic cause.
So far he hasn’t broken any laws.

 

J.D. Smith’s third collection, Labor Day at Venice Beach, was published in 2012. Notes of a Tourist on Planet Earth, a humor collection including both poetry and prose, came out in March, 2013. He holds an M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

 

 

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