Book of Rooms

Miranda Arocha Smith, University of Texas at El Paso


This book of poems is a meandering journey through various rooms, temporary residences. Lyric poems alternate with prose-poems. In sections such as "Body Orbit" and "Exits and Edges," the poet probes artifacts of memory and culture, investigates her relationship to a variety of places (a monastery, a used bookstore, Taco Bell, a website), and explores silence and the sacred. Of central concern is impermanence and the nature of awareness itself. Grounded in autobiography, the poems reflect time spent in a Buddhist monastery and the city of El Paso, TX.

Subject Area

Religion|American literature|Spirituality

Recommended Citation

Smith, Miranda Arocha, "Book of Rooms" (2012). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1513119.