The All-Purpose Magical Tent

A masterful debut collection by poet Lytton Smith, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize.



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Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × .2 × 9.2 in

…a subtle fusion of wit and whims.

ISBN: 978-0-9767185-0-5
paperback, 80 pages, 6 x 9 in
Publication Date: 2009

The wildly imaginative, artful poems in Lytton Smith’s debut, The All-Purpose Magical Tent, evoke sights and scenes that exist as a circus does: vividly, but evanescently, always dissolving into memory, hearsay, or myth. References to beginnings and endings abound in these poems, many of which tell of civilizations first glimpsing their origins or declines: “The trick by which an island disappears / is not through a trapdoor in a metaphor // of the cardboard theatre of the world, / is not the shift of tectonic plates: // the island becomes the tale of island; / its inhabitants, figures of inhabitants.”

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Lytton Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He has a B.A. in English from University College London, and …

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