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

“Song of Lazarus” on PoetryNook

I slept for a week while the world around me died. Inside, so did I. Self-righteous lips pray for those trapped on sinking ships— no absolution. Regardless of cost good advice springs up like weeds. No truth is required. Souls … Continue reading

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How NOT to be a Starving Artist

Things are looking scary. As the government assures us we won’t face food shortages the news tells us otherwise. Meat production plants are closing indefinitely, the distribution chain is breaking down and economists warn of a “Greater Depression.” However far … Continue reading

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On Death, Illness and Roots

What a strange week it’s been. I came down sick days ago and I feel like I’ve been in an alternate reality. I had many conversations that feel like dreams. I read far too much social media and news and … Continue reading

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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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