The poems selected for this book were carefully reviewed and chosen by a committee of professionals, family members and longtime friends of the author. "I Have a Reason to Smile" is the author's first book of poetry and as the title poem, won Ms. Smith a Poet Merit for Outstanding Achievement Award, a Bronze Medallion Award, and a Poet of Merit Award from the International Society of Poets. She has also received semi-finalist status with Poetry.com.
Ms. Smith's first set of poems were awarded the Editor's Choice Award for Merit in May 2001 and are published in the book, "Friends I Never Met," Watermark Press Publishing.
The author has many talents and interests that include her love for music and singing. She has traveled with various well-known groups, performing in Poland, Italy, Greece and Canada. A longtime member of the renowned "Life Choir," directed by world wide international musical composer and conductor, H.B. Barnum, Ms. Smith has engaged in numerous recordings.
A Lady who has experienced many phases of life and the lessons it teaches writes this collection of work. Her writings are inspirational and profound. Sit back; enjoy this unique collection of poems. You will want to share it with a friend.
Praise for I HAVE A REASON TO SMILE
Just Tuesday I finally received 'I Have a Reason to Smile.' Not a complaint. Rather, an occasion for immediate immersion, well worth the 'experiences' of reading your work. Your poetic expressions, for me, result in a lot more than 'reasons' or 'los sonrisas.' You are indeed gifted as Nina Simone and you do sing. Words, rhythms, themes! Sometimes unnerving in their candor, (I'm saved only by the privacy of my reading them), all so direct and intimate. Ah well, it's not the first time I've been moved and discombobulated by emotive artistry. Music and poetry and beauty will do it every time. Your work is sincerely, variously lovely, exciting, and moving. Thanks for all that. - James Crossen, California
I really enjoyed this book. It has something for everyone. Young and old that doesn't matter. All can hope to be touched by this wonderful book of poetry. I am recommending this book to be read in libraries and readings. Best of luck to the Author and thanks for the book. I especially loved you poem about Agree to Disagree, it sounds like a Affirmation or Anthem. - Sharon Martin from Baltimore, Maryland