The Little Hurts

Alexis Renee Smith, University of Colorado Boulder


What follows is a collection of poems titled The Little Hurts. My project for this manuscript centers on concepts of the everyday, a place defined by ordinary language and ordinary actions. However, what repeatedly brings the ordinary into focus is an attention--a marvel at all the small things that can become accidentally quite loud. Here in the world of streets and people, we cannot be much more than alone. But maybe that's alright; maybe that's where the pain comes from which makes you and I alike try a little harder.