Welcome friend,     Poems and images converge as a testament of our experience in the primal graces of the world. I invite you to click and scroll through these pages. I would wish for you an elemental encounter with silence and beauty, the kind that speak in an ancient voice.    I am a poet and a photographer willing to share as I can. Click on OUTSIDE and ponder on the images.   I would also consider it a privilege to know you have discovered my books,  Water, Rocks and Trees,  and,  The Expanse of All Things.  They're linked up in several places on this site for quick access to further information. Finally, there are interviews available on the LINKS page that offer some insight into my sense of how poetry and images are a way of conveying the Big Story.     All in all, I celebrate a basic, organic, human instinct that guides us together on the daunting journey from  "form to faith" .  No matter where you began, or the challenges you have yet to overcome, you always will be a unique refraction of a prevailing light, and as I have said, "you bend it so sublime."    Thank you,    James Scott Smith

Welcome friend, 

Poems and images converge as a testament of our experience in the primal graces of the world. I invite you to click and scroll through these pages. I would wish for you an elemental encounter with silence and beauty, the kind that speak in an ancient voice.

I am a poet and a photographer willing to share as I can. Click on OUTSIDE and ponder on the images. I would also consider it a privilege to know you have discovered my books, Water, Rocks and Trees, and, The Expanse of All Things. They're linked up in several places on this site for quick access to further information. Finally, there are interviews available on the LINKS page that offer some insight into my sense of how poetry and images are a way of conveying the Big Story. 

All in all, I celebrate a basic, organic, human instinct that guides us together on the daunting journey from "form to faith".  No matter where you began, or the challenges you have yet to overcome, you always will be a unique refraction of a prevailing light, and as I have said, "you bend it so sublime."

Thank you,

James Scott Smith

Seed

This is the
natural progression of things:
the seed grows
in the husk
then the husk sloughs off.
Know the difference. There is
no arrogance in either. If
you must make something
of a shell you no longer need,
do it with love.
But when you feel the wind
slant and soft
on the break of some new morning, all you have to do is

fall.
Be the seed
you are, germinating in this soil
of present life.
Be,
open to everything,
Stay here, go deep.
 

James Scott Smith, The Expanse of All Things

In the spirit of coyote guidance through the borderland of liminal space, James Scott Smith is offering one exquisite cairn after another to the soul wandering but not lost. The Expanse of All Things is a testament of the journey from form to faith, and of the love for tradition as long as it serves the evolution of consciousness. This collection runs the seam between culture and nature with an aching hunger for experience transformed.

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The Great Wheel

All of everything
is a great wheel
turning, vast, of all galaxies,
every universe, of which
ours is most certainly small.
Human time is the
flick of a finch feather and
our inhabitance will keep
as long as we care for it,
no longer. All the law
and all the prophets
can be summed up as this:
to roll inside the great wheel,
to turn with it,
not against it.

James Scott Smith, Water, Rocks and Trees

Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Books Awards - Silver for Poetry

Honorary Mention in the 2015 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize

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http://homeboundpublications.com/waters-rocks-and-trees-by-james-scott-smith/