Samantha K Smith

Writer. Reader. Adjunct Instructor. Marketer. MFA grad.

“I prefer silence to sound, and the image produced by words occurs in silence.”

“You have to get all of the crap writing out of your system before you get to the good writing.”

—   A professor of mine (via bookshelves-infinity)

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arsonist by Kyle Thompson

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Tottenville Review » Reviews » The Landscape of Vulnerability: Maria Venegas’ ‘Bulletproof Vest’

The memoir is as much about cultural obstacles and the struggle of assimilation as it is a complex, heart wrenching father daughter relationship. It’s not a surprise when we learn Jose Manuel Venegas had already been at work on his own corrido, before his death and before his daughter even had a chance to set his story to paper. A ballad, after all, is a love story, and Bulletproof Vest never disappoints. Our narrator expresses great depth over the many pieces of her family history traversing borders, cultural boundaries, and country lines, making this book read like great cowboy legend.”

My review of Maria Venegas’ debut memoir BULLETPROOF VEST for tottenvillereview.

“Witches, like saints, are solitary stars that shine with a light of their own; they depend on nothing and no one, which is why they have no fear and plunge blindly into the abyss with the assurance that instead of crashing to earth, they will fly back out. They can change into birds and see the world from above, or worms to see it from within, they can inhabit other dimensions and travel to other galaxies, they are navigators on an infinite ocean of consciousness and cognition.”

—   Isabel Allende - Paula 

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“You remember too much,
my mother said to me recently.

Why hold onto all that? And I said,
Where can I put it down?”

—   Anne Carson, from “The Glass Essay

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