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NIRVANA  by  Charles Bukowski

Not much chance, completely cut loose from purpose,
he was a young man riding a bus through North Carolina on the way to somewhere.
And it began to snow.

And the bus stopped at a little café in the hills and the passengers entered.
And he sat at the counter with the others, and he ordered, the food arrived.
And the meal was particularly good.
And the coffee.

The waitress was unlike the women he had known.
She was unaffected, and there was a natural humor which came from her.
And the fry cook said crazy things.
And the dishwasher in back laughed a good clean pleasant laugh.

And the young man watched the snow through the window.
And he wanted to stay in that café forever.
The curious feeling swam through him that everything was beautiful there.
And it would always stay beautiful there.

And then the bus driver told the passengers that it was time to board.
And the young man thought: "I'll just stay here, I'll just stay here."
And then he rose and he followed the others into the bus.
He found his seat and looked at the café through the window.
And then the bus moved off, down a curve, downward, out of the hills.

And the young man looked straight forward.
And he heard the other passengers speaking of other things,
or they were reading or trying to sleep.
And they hadn't noticed the magic.
And the young man put his head to one side,
closed his eyes, and pretended to sleep.

There was nothing else to do,
just to listen to the sound of the engine,
and the sound of the tires
in the snow.





Seth Smith

b. 1980



Recent Exhibitions (selected)

2018 - Two Person- October- The Rice Gallery of Fine Art , Kansas City

2018 - Upcoming- August - Sager Braudis Gallery - Columbia, MO

2018 - Current- New Year group show- Lucky Street Gallery, Key West

2017 – Solo- “Wander” Seth Smith- The Rice Gallery of Fine Art, Kansas City

2016- Group – Holiday Show- Lucky Street

2016- Group – Midwest Masters- The Rice Gallery of Fine Art, Kansas City

2015- Solo-“Outsider” Lucky Street Gallery- Key West

2015-  Solo- “Home” - The Rice Gallery of Fine Art- Kansas City

2012- Group- CODA Gallery- Park City, UT

2011- Best of the West- CODA- Park City, UT


Selected Publications

Create Magazine April 2018

435 SOUTH Janurary 2018

Kansas City Lifestyles March 2017

Kansas City Star INK cover 2015


Selected Awards

2017- STEMS Plein Air- Best in Show

2016- Plaza Art Fair featured artist

2007- River Market Contemporary Exhibit Juried


Selected Collections

- University of Kansas Capital Federal Business School

- HR Block World Headquarters

- Enterprise Bank Art Collection

- The Mutual Fund Store

- Level 5 Ferrari Motorsports


For inquiries and commission schedule:  seth@sethsmithstudio.com


Gallery representation 

The Rice Gallery of Fine Art - Overland Park,KS

Lucky Street Gallery - Key West, FL