Steven B. Smith

City by the Sea

Five daily prayers
sung pre-dawn past setting sun
sound the city walls.

Opium dreams
the slow possible of the wet positive
in a warm of wonder.

The morning dove we fed at dawn
is here midafternoon –
is it still a morning dove?

There’s whirl out there,
wife and cat and poem at home . . .
guess I win this one.


Steven B. Smith is a Cleveland, OH poet and artist. He produced ArtCrimes from the early eighties up into the early oughts, lovingly archived at Agent of Chaos, along with much of his own art, and lifes work of many others. Presently his endeavors include making music with Peter Ball, and tracking his and his wife Kathy Smith’s life through art and poesy at Walking on Thin Ice.

About Least Bittern Books