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For My Brother, Prescott Smith: Died Suddenly September 24, 2015, Charles Kay Smith Oct 2015

For My Brother, Prescott Smith: Died Suddenly September 24, 2015, Charles Kay Smith

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This is an elegy for my brother written the week following his death.


Dusk And Dawn And Drops Of Dew, An Update Of A Prose/Poem 9/12/15, Charles Kay Smith Sep 2015

Dusk And Dawn And Drops Of Dew, An Update Of A Prose/Poem 9/12/15, Charles Kay Smith

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A Poem on two natural phenomena that can occur on the same joyous day. The poem does not copy Wordsworth's imagery, but attempts to resonate with his spirit. this is a new version of the 9/12/2015 poem "May Lovely Moments Grace your Day" with a new title uploaded on September 20, 2016. While I was working on this poem, a tune I had never heard before kept insisting that I shoud set the poem to music. If it is possible, I'll soon upload this poem as a song.


Innovative Representations Of Light, Behaving As Both Particles And Waves, Among The Paintings Of Monet And Renoir, Charles Smith Nov 2014

Innovative Representations Of Light, Behaving As Both Particles And Waves, Among The Paintings Of Monet And Renoir, Charles Smith

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Monet and Renoir, friends collaborating in open air about 1865, discovered that sunlight filtering through a canopy of tree leaves does not produce the splotches and dapples that studio artists conventionally represented at the time but circles of light. Sometimes the circles of light punctuating the shade are clear, separate and crisp, as though light is being propagated as particles, but if the pin-hole gaps between leaves are very close together, they will project compound or superimposed circles that look like the waves that Thomas Young saw in his double slit experiment in 1803-4. Newton’s Opticks published in 1704 ...


Shadows Know, A Poem 11/12/2014, Charles Smith Nov 2014

Shadows Know, A Poem 11/12/2014, Charles Smith

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Partly written during an illness several years ago; I finished it last year.


Elegy For Allen, Prose/Poem 9/12/2014, Charles Smith Sep 2014

Elegy For Allen, Prose/Poem 9/12/2014, Charles Smith

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This Elegy is a poetic version of a eulogy I made at Allen Midyett's memorial service in late summer of 2013.


Dress Shopping With Ginny, A Prose/Poem 8/5/2014, Charles Smith Aug 2014

Dress Shopping With Ginny, A Prose/Poem 8/5/2014, Charles Smith

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Another poetic experiment that opens an alternative direction for future work.


Merci Beaucoup, Mercy Barracuda, Charles Smith, Virginia Midyette Jun 2014

Merci Beaucoup, Mercy Barracuda, Charles Smith, Virginia Midyette

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A children's book of 45 pp for ages 9-12. The story is about a friendly Barracuda named Mercy who teaches environmentalism to schools of fish, and three children who fall in love with her.


Jeanne D'Arc: Maid Of Oleans, A Prose/Poem 6/4/2014, Charles Kay Smith Jun 2014

Jeanne D'Arc: Maid Of Oleans, A Prose/Poem 6/4/2014, Charles Kay Smith

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A poem introducing a theory of how Joan, an illiterate teenager, inspired a demoralized French army to defeat the English.


American Inequality, A Prose/Poem 3/2/2014, Charles Smith Mar 2014

American Inequality, A Prose/Poem 3/2/2014, Charles Smith

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Science has made possible an increased productivity that creates an economic surplus--science continually teaches us how to do more with less resources. Why should the fruits of science be enjoyed only by the rich, since most of the innovations of science and technology have been funded or subsidized by citizen taxes. If the added productivity of science were shared among all citizens instead of only the 1%, poverty and homelessness could be ended.


Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014, Charles Smith Feb 2014

Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014, Charles Smith

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In his official portraits, Roman Emperor Hadrian sported a Greek beard rather than the clean shaven face that all Roman leaders had shown before him. What was his purpose in shattering precedent?