A Shakespearean episode recreated in a Laundromat, philosophical musings inspired by a loveable pig, a telltale refrigerator-these are some of the compelling, humorous and irreverent imagery that awaits us in GARLAND. In this unforgettable collection of original poems, author Steve Smallwood uses his mastery of both wit and words to make even the most ordinary events and things seem much more extraordinary and transcendent.
Steve Smallwood was born and raised in Southern California. Poetry by After attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, he served two years in the Peace Corps in Peru, teaching English, learning Spanish, and making some very good friends. Upon returning to the U.S., Steve worked in the Washington, D.C. offi ces of the Peace Corps for four years. Following a Reduction-in-Force order by then President Nixon, he worked several construction and hauling jobs in the D.C. area-at one time hauling trash from the White House-before returning to California to marry and enter his family’s soft water business. With the eventual sale of that business, Steve was able to enter the travel and tours business with the purchase of a local travel agency-once leading his own tour of Europe-before his divorce and eventual move to the greater LA and Orange County areas. After a few years there, life’s journey then led Steve to Colorado and a succession of jobs ranging from ranch hand to hotel clerk. He now resides in Denver, retired.