Day turns to evening and evening turns to night; and every night must come to an end. With that end, our nights fade into wisps of smoke that we struggle against exhaustion to remember. The poems contained in Remembering the Smoke capture the images, stories and specters of that vanishing night. Following I am here, I am here—and I am glad you came and The Thorn & Thistle, Remembering the Smoke represents the third installment in the poet’s wistful trilogy. In this collection the reader experiences the culmination of the celebrations, events and characters introduced in the trilogy’s first two installments. A feeling of hazy memories, heartfelt regrets and shy playfulness drench the verse and invite the reader to recall what it is that shapes the romantic soul that hides within all of us. The poet first asked you: ‘What favorite place calls you home?’ Then the poet gave you The Thorn & Thistle and introduced you to its inhabitants. Now the poet asks you to remember the smoke.
About the Author
Jos. D. Renzi III is a poet, man of letters, idler and sportsman. Born in Quincy, Mass., educated in Newport, R.I. and an adopted son of Troy, N.Y., Renzi calls Newport, Boston, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Hudson River Valley home. The journeys and meetings between these places provide much of the inspiration for his varied interests.