Prisms, Particles, and Refractions by Carol Smallwood

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)



Prisms, Particles, and Refractions perceptively seeks a poetic understanding between science, the natural world and our continual, jarring sense of wonder at the universe.

–Jeffrey Makala, Special Collections Librarian & University Archivist, Furman University and Curator, South Carolina Poetry Archive


The collection transmits contrapuntal energies like a fugue: simple and complex, scientific and mystical, personal and global, narrative and formal—a virtuoso collection!

–Chris Swanberg, The Alleluia Tree, Puddin’head Press


To share this poet’s daylight is to see the world anew through Carol Smallwood‘s vision; bravo!

–Mary Barnet, Senior Editor; author: The New American; 86 Sonnets


Carol Smallwood distills for us a deep, visceral experience of the role of light in our lives, blending the marvels of quantum mechanics with the emotions of the human psyche to create a remarkable exploration.

— Katherine Mayfield, editor, Maine Review; author, The Box of Daughter & Other Poems


Carol Smallwood’s collection explores the microcosm and the macrocosm, plunging the reader into timeless and universal themes—brilliant!

–Sarah Cisse, The Fortuitous Teacher: A Guide to Successful One-Shot Library Instruction, Chandos Publishing-Elsevier



Prisms, Particles, and Refractions

by Carol Smallwood

$18.99, Full-length, paper

A multi-Pushcart nominee in RHINO; Drunken Boat, Carol Smallwood’s founded, supports humane societies. In Hubble’s Shadow (Shanti Arts); Interweavings (Shanti Arts) are 2017 collections. Carol Smallwood’s over five dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers.

5 reviews for Prisms, Particles, and Refractions by Carol Smallwood

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carol Smallwood’s poetry is absolutely brilliant! Part of the uniqueness of her writing is that she seamlessly blends poetic language with scientific ideas to create a special type of poetry unlike any other. Such craftsmanship takes skill and knowledge, and Smallwood’s poetry will definitely educate anyone willing to learn about the unfathomable concepts that shape the universe itself.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    The gift of this collection is that Smallwood links the universe with the everyday. Prisms splinter light, particles are small, and refractions echo back. Her poetry accomplishes this, showing the reader how important it is to value the the smallest of our own experiences.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The author has an uncanny flair for expressing scientific terms and concepts in poetic form. Her language is not only lyrical but easy to understand. As the reader moves on, the poetry becomes humorous and other times poignant in its composition. Every poem is separate and yet part of the whole and enjoyable to read, at that. A thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking combination.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    A thoroughly enjoyable collection that is at once thoughtful and thought producing. The work allows easy entry into a genre and subject matters that people often shy away from.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Behind the simple language and concise forms a metaphysical view of universe brews. Contemplative subject matters and meteoric strategies inform the collection.

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