Posts by Todd Smith

Born and raised in rural west-central Illinois, Todd Smith studied poetry, music, and math at the University of Virginia, and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, River Styx, North American Review, Barrow Street, Palette Poetry, Meridian, Barren Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He received Frontier Poetry’s 2017 Award for New Poets, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. A valuation actuary by profession, he lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Triticum Durum

  Durum wheat’s taller this summer, or else the Ropp widow is   shrinking. She never kicks the feral cats …

Strawberry Pickers, Nauvoo

  Eleven thousand years ago the last glacier scraped through this field.   Transmuted by the new sun, struck numb …

Dude, What’s Going On Here?

On this site, you will find selected poems from my not-yet-published manuscript – which, as we speak, is snuggling with …