In The Smell of Campfire, KG Newman explores the intersection of fatherhood and sonhood in a quest to understand them both. Balancing hope and uncertainty, and time and memory, Newman crafts a submission for past flaws with a fearless confidence in the present. With the sublimity of fatherhood hanging around every poem like the smell of burnt wood, he takes the reader face-to-face with the pricelessness of being a parent, with moments of crisis, loss and crushing impermanence in contrast with the eternal resonance of patriarchal love.

Thank you to everyone who came out to Denver’s best independent book store, Tattered Cover Colfax in Denver, on Nov. 25 for Newman’s book launch and author signing! Join us for our next public event promoting the book on Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m. at the Parker Library.



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You open your windows to good air
blowing in from who knows where,
which you gulp and deeply inhale
as if you have a death sentence. You have.
All your life, it seems, you’ve been appealing it.
Night sweats and useless stratagem. Reprieves.”