joan gives an overview of the book:
JOAN STEPP SMITH’S In A Pasture With Palominos is a one of the most exciting
and original collections of poetry in recent years. Conceptually brilliant,
verbally breath taking and stylistically innovative, Joan Stepp Smith’s poetry
invigorates and recalibrates all of the complex issues of art and experience. The
pleasures of these poems are many, including the discovery of the poet’s complex
narrative architectures and high-wire verbal antics [calisthenics?] that
both surprise us and are able to alter a poem at moment’s notice. There are
elements here of high farce and serious philosophical meditation, of intimate
memoir and classical ode. Sometimes elegantly discrete and sometimes operatically
grand, Joan Stepp Smith’s poetry can shift at every turn and bend the
mind to new and sometimes alarming directions [and dimensions].
There is a sweeping cinematic grandeur here, and at times, a tremor of
worldly anxiety runs the course of a whole passage. It is this combination of
disquiet and bravado that I admire so deeply in Joan Stepp Smith’s work,
along with her fiercely inventive language play. Once in a while a poet emerges
who leaves us shaken with her accomplishments and wisdoms. In A Pasture
With Palominos is a book of wonder.
— David St. John
Joan Stepp Smith is a native San Franciscan. She has degrees in English and Art History from the University of California at Berkeley and Sir John Cass School of Art and Design in London. She founded STARWORKS, a San Francisco public relations and conceptual...