WILD FLOWERS (haiku, senryu, haiga) June 2016, copies available for
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…she writes in such a concise way that the reader might think he or she could imitate her style, but her subject matter with its union of mystery and social ills won’t allow one to do so.  In Crystal Simone Smith’s first haiku collection titled WILD FLOWERS, however, there are stunning haiku. ~ Lenard D. Moore, President of the Haiku Society of America, 2008


Running Music, Longleaf Press, paper, $11 US
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I suppose it is not too unusual for a person to have family responsibilities, a job, and a vocation and for that person to find it hard to keep things ongoing and mostly under control. Running Music addresses this subject with candor, sometimes rueful humor, and always with a determined attitude, “Game face” they say these days.  ~Fred Chappell, North Carolina Poet Laureate 1997-2002

Running Music is a necklace of tales interloping rich narratives from beginning to end…endless in surprises. Crystal Simone Smith captures the miracles and horrors; the sublime found in the mundane; the haunting awareness of entanglement. These are poems shot straight from the heart… intentionally hitting or missing, sometimes both. Running Music sings with solidarity for the children, for the relentless love of life and living…a tribute and offering to the breath of the running spirit. ~Jaki Shelton Green, 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame


Routes Home, Finishing Line Press, paper, $12 US
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It’s a journey of love and loss that leaves us inspired and changed.
~ Cathy Smith Bowers, author of Traveling In The Time of Danger and The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas



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