AJ Smith graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2010 with a degree in English education. He currently teaches English at Hillsborough High School in New Jersey. He lives in Somerville with his wife Millie and Olde English Bulldogge Lebowski. His first novel, Growth, was published in August 2017.
Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
When news doth swear that it is made of truth,
I do believe it not; I know it lies.
Its serpent head revealed, when fairest youth
Became the object of those serpent eyes.
But searching eyes will find desired faults:
And found youth’s lips, where wicked serpent fangs
Did kiss the youth, injecting venom false,
And left the youth now writhing in his pangs.
Despite the young man’s glass with skyward sand,
The evil of the serpent knows no bound;
Yet witnesséd by all upon God’s land,
Perhaps a benefit will thus abound:
Howe’er unpleasant right now it may seem,
It can unite, and end up in a dream!
Hopefully, it’s not all bad sweaters and booze… hopefully, some of the people on your holiday shopping list will receive books. If so, please get
I’ll be at The Book Garden in Frenchtown, New Jersey from 1 PM – 3 PM on Saturday, October 7th. I’ll do a reading, answer