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Travis Ian Smith's poems have been published in Red River Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Grasslands Review, Texas Observer, and Volpe. A native of New Orleans, he teaches literature and writing at Tulane University. The Salt Flowers is his first book of poems.
"Travis Smith's poems are extraordinary because they bear and praise a world where transcendence is available if we surrender to the physical aspect of ourselves and things very nearby us, like flowers, or lovers, or a star. Words and lines written from such a place are rare in poetry because a maker of such poems must be diligent not to be carried completely by the emotional current of longing, whose extreme is sentimentality. Travis's poems move headlong onto this poetically dangerous edge with patience and clarity and grace. I would say they always have. His poems are wonderfully alive at the very delicate brink of delight."
--Kathleen Peirce, Guggenheim fellow and author of The Owl Hour, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award.