We are pleased to announce the release of Water, Rocks, and Trees in trade paperback worldwide. This is the debut collection of poet James Scott Smith. The book was given an Honorary Mention in the 2015 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize.

The praise has been pouring in for Smith’s thoughtful work. Catherine Abbey Hodges, author of Instead of Sadness declares “…the work of a gracious and trusty guide, observant, nimble, never didactic, ever an acolyte of the infinite.”  Catherine Strisik, author of The Mistress and Thousand Cricket Song reflects, “In his first collection of poems, Water, Rocks and Trees, James Scott Smith kneels and prays alongside creation, and becomes the utterance of the naked soul.”  Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul writes “…Smith revels in the intelligence and vibrancy of the more than human world. Here, man doesn’t conquer nature—he converses with it. It is a conversation I didn’t want to end.” and it goes on! (Read more reviews)

Enjoy a selection from Water, Rocks, and Trees below. Look for the book in your local indie bookstore or on Indiebound.org, Amazon, B&N or right here in the Homebound Publications store.


The First of Everything

I see waters
warm free from the
hard hold of winter.
O show me how
you muse the
sky upon your
silver skin. My
senses are the
feet of Mergansers.
My mind is the
nib of Kingfisher,
hungry to remember of
earth spun ‘round the
sun as my holy
timepiece. It seems
the first of
everything in
spring, the sun
returning. All that is
begins in the
center of that
great star flaring now
four billion years to
fuse into the
matter of this
real world. I
thrive and I am
bound for quickened waters
stirring in the heat of a
great turning.