Dale SmitDale 3h is an associate professor of English at Ryerson University, Toronto. His writing on rhetoric and poetics has appeared in Jacket 2, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Modalities: Rhetoric, Culture, Media, and the Shape of Public Life. He is the author of one book of critical scholarship, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960, and four books of poetry, including American Rambler, The Flood and the Garden, Black Stone, and Susquehanna.

Slow Poetry in America, is available through Cuneiform Press.

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  1. Arnoldo García
    Manifesto for Slowness

    Let’s take our time
    Eat slow
    Dream slow
    Sleep slow
    Walk slow
    Play slow
    Make love slow
    Smile long and slow
    Meditate slow
    Slowriders all

    Slow time for the poor
    Slow time for the not-so-poor
    Slow down time
    Catch yourself in the curve of space
    Catch me in the curves of your body

    Slowly rise up
    Slowly drink our water
    Slowly look at each other
    Infinity is the finite plus finite plus the finite, us

    So we have time, more than we know what to do with

    Slow heart beat
    Slow planting
    Slow tilling
    Late blooming
    Slow spring
    Slow summer
    Slow fall
    Slow winter
    Where snow snows slowly
    So we can see each snowflake into infinity
    Slow melting
    Slow transformations
    Slowly flower for the land
    Slowly curve into each other
    Slowly trespass the limits
    Slowly make this land ours
    Slow nation
    Slow down people
    Who’s in a hurry
    Who’s rushing us to war
    Who’s rushing us to work
    Who’s inventing faster downloads, gigabytes, DSL lines, when there’s still breadlines
    Slower than analog
    Slower than gut strings vibrating in your ears
    Slow dance
    Slow chance
    Slow revolution to reach each other
    Take our time to take our place in each other’s arms

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