Arthur James Marshall Smith

(8 November 1902 – 21 November 1980 / Montreal)

Arthur James Marshall Smith Poems

1. Political Intelligence 1/3/2003
2. The Lonely Land 2/9/2015
Best Poem of Arthur James Marshall Smith

The Lonely Land

Cedar and jagged fir
uplift sharp barbs
against the gray
and cloud-piled sky;
and in the bay
blown spume and windrift
and thin, bitter spray
snap
at the whirling sky;
and the pine trees
lean one way.

A wild duck calls
to her mate,
and the ragged
and passionate tones
stagger and fall,
and recover,
and stagger and fall,
on these stones —
are lost
in the lapping of water
on smooth, flat stones.
This is a beauty
of dissonance,
this resonance
of stony strand,
this smoky cry
curled over a black pine
like a ...

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