If we are not to become
a dispersed people of smoke,
the monument that is us must be built soon.
(John Ash, ‘Smoke’)
If you are not to become
A people who were dispersed in smoke
The monument that is you must be built soon.
(Justin Quinn, ‘Smoke (after John Ash)’)
I wonder what controls it, can the wind hold
That snake of orange motion to the hills
Away from the houses?
(Medbh McGuckian, ‘Smoke’)
He erases the whole mess and titles it Smoke
And hangs it over the fireplace
In front of which you are now reading this
Or feeding it piece by piece into ordinary vague flames,
Noting the only thing in the world that will not burn is smoke.
(John Latta, ‘Smoke’)