On the faculty of the Department of English at Ryerson University, Toronto, Dale Smith has published five books of poetry and a critical monograph, including, most recently, Slow Poetry in America (Cuneiform, 2014), a book of narrative writing, and Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960 (University of Alabama, 2012), a critical study of poetry as public art. He is the author of poetry that investigates the historical and domestic experiences of American culture in four other works: American Rambler (2002), The Flood and the Garden (2002), Black Stone (2008), and Susquehanna (2009). A new essay on North American public culture and poetics appears in Toward. Some. Air: Remarks on Poetics, a collection edited by Amy De’Ath and Fred Wah.