“What becomes clear throughout the collection is that Smith’s constant attention to detail applies to reading not just his students but the world at large. ... A moving and insightful collection, Witness does a wonderful job of shedding light on the miracles that occur daily in our imperfect world.”
Small Press Reviews
“Smith conveys all that he witnesses with a wit and clarity that only comes through years of reflecting and writing through the details.”
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"Curtis Smith’s readers, as well as his son, are in the very best of hands.”
"From the beginning, I'd found Witness, a book of exquisitely written essays, deeply moving.”
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"The essays contain some beautifully observed passages.”
“Curt Smith writes with insight, accuracy and compassion, traits I deem essential to the essay form.”
Gary Percesepe, Mississippi Review
“A self-described Postmodern father, ever facing ‘new rounds of answerless questions,’ navigates the deep waters of parenthood and discovers, at turns, a ‘sputtering wellspring of bliss.’ These beautifully written and thoughtfully argued perceptions of human relationships will seem both familiar and provocative for parents of young children (nowhere else will you find a more precise polemic on Goodnight Moon!).”
Jennifer Bardi, The Humanist
“Curtis Smith’s essays artfully combine poetic prose with keen insight. The result is a collection of personal essays that challenge the reader to re-examine life’s moments, both big and small.”
Christine Weiser, author of Broad Street
"The essays collected in Witness brim with intelligence and beauty. Whether writing about a murdered student, the photographs of Diane Arbus, or a three-year-old pirate boy riding a tricycle naked through the house, Curtis Smith delves tenderly and thoughtfully into life's mysteries."
Suzanne Kamata, author of Losing Kei
Weekly best-seller at Small Press Distribution.