Intimate Disclosures in Poetry & Prose
Blue Smoke is an offbeat narrative on weathering the whims of the daily unknown. Employing essay and verse, it’s ripe with chronicles of scarcity, resentment, and consequence; loss of faith and pride reclaimed; innocence stolen and the pursuit of trust denied. It is an exercise in decoding life’s ironies and deeply rooted superstitions—too long and too tightly held—that exposes our laughable attempts to outrun the curveballs thrown at us by our greatest adversary, ourselves.
The book unfolds deliberately, page by page, unveiling a living patchwork that blends artistic acquaintance with surgical intent.
This multi-genre collection is not just about falling down or nursing our wounds, but also about how we come to accept the unseen forces, lurking within and without, that so often compel us to defy our immediate interests for wild schemes of heroism and bold-faced retreat, alike.
Blue Smoke urges us to ditch the tedium of indecision in favor of life’s hidden mystery—regardless of inconvenient outcomes or unintended truth—while its penetrating confessions rage against the drone of disappointment with a smile and the certitude a new day will dawn.
*Autographed copies and other custom options available by contacting the author directly at craigacombs[at]me[dot]com.
*To view Combs' Blue Smoke Premiere Reading, visit vimeo.com/149802575.
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 119 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 27, 2015)
Genre: POETRY / American / General