Author Thomas C. Smith’s Poems Reflect on Moving Forward and Letting Go

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New Poetry book reminds readers what life is really all about.

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As always, there is so much regret and grief in letters that are unwritten; in stories that are unformed. On most days, one remembers a lot and sometimes, one recalls a little. In moments where the latter occurs, one can simply marvel at the memories and look back via a photograph, letter or a painting.

In Moving Forward, poet Thomas C. Smith pockets memories and freezes moments through poetry. His latest collection of lyrical prose subtly weaves the unarticulated - unstated apologies, unsaid thank yous and unspoken pain. No matter what one’s reasons are for leaving everything unstated, Smith, through his well-crafted verses, reminds readers that life is really all about moving forward and letting go.

Written throughout the span of Smith’s life, Moving Forward began from just words to stories, personal thoughts and God. These poems evoke visceral emotions, with the hope to uplift and inspire. “My journey has been filled with life’s up and downs,” Smith says. “My poems reflect the joys and sorrows experienced. Some of them you may have experienced. Most important for me is that Jesus is my constant companion who rejoices with me in the good times and carries me through the hard times.”

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About the Author
Born in 1949 in the Naval Academy Hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, Thomas C. Smith moved to Miami, Florida when he was six months old. In 1954, his father passed away. His mother had to raise four children on her own. He is very active in his church where he currently serves as a Deacon. He is also a member of the Drama Team. He enjoys sports and coaches and plays on the church’s softball team.

Smith has experienced a number of traumatic times in his life but none greater than the death of his son in 2006 at the age of thirty. “I only survived because I have a deep faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and with the support from Christian brothers and sisters. I cannot imagine life without him as my guiding force. May his peace, love and hope envelope your life as he has mine.”

Moving Forward * by Thomas C. Smith
Poems of Faith, Life & Loss
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 135 pages; 978-1-4653-7130-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 135 pages; 978-1-4653-7131-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-7132-4

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