Author Archives: Angela Yuriko Smith

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or

The Circle of Influence for Sanity

My new morning habit… I check the coronavirus stats on my phone when I wake up. The numbers have climbed. The death totals have climbed. The stock market is still volatile. Jobless claims rise. Predictions of doom have escalated. These … Continue reading

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We Are in a Hero Story

We celebrate heroes—those that wear the cape, wield the sword and destroy the one ring—but how many heroes start the story eager for a trip to Mt. Doom? That’s where we are now. As of tonight, the United States has … Continue reading

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“The Last Ditch” on PoetryNook

Friday afternoon rides down the road like Sunday. Soft, church shushed quiet… but no hymn bells ring. There’s only sirens screaming dog barks and gunshots before the hush falls returning frozen silence that precedes the storm. Once neighborly friends now … Continue reading

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Because Sometimes We Just Need a Song…

School closures throughout the nation have halted highly-anticipated campus events and activities with hundreds of thousands of students practicing social distancing at home. While the annual Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Choral Festival—originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18—has been … Continue reading

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4 Things To Do in the Apocalypse

Day 5: So far, so good… #1 Clean the fridge: So far things have been pleasant in our corner of the world. I cleaned out the fridge and organized our cabinets so we can keep tabs on what we have … Continue reading

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PoetryNook Day: Carts Full of Air (rensaku)

Day 4: processing with poetry… It’s new poem day—the day where I submit a new poem to My poem is called Carts Full of Air (rensaku) and you can read it (and enter yourself!) here. This week most of the … Continue reading

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The News Crashed My Reality

Day 3: Sinking In Things have gotten interesting fast and honestly, I’m still processing how I feel about it all. Life is normal in a surreal way… like I’m walking through a dream landscape populated by Dali’s melting clocks. I’m … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th Just Got Real

Day 0: Friday the 13th, and our nation has officially gone into National Emergency status. I consider today a holiday, but it’s one of the days that trigger fear when things are calm. Here’s all I can say for today. … Continue reading

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Walmart: Please Send Greeters Home

Message to Walmart: Please send your elderly employees home with pay. You can afford it. They can’t. They are stuck between two terrible choices—get sick or skip the paycheck. Walmart in our area was packed today. Masses of people were … Continue reading

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“Ask Google” on

I’ve talked about a few times on here. It’s a weekly poetry contest that’s free to enter but pays cash prizes. Even better, they nominate six poems a year for the coveted Pushcart Prize. You can enter previously published … Continue reading

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