Gary E. Smith’s A Collection of Short Stories & Poems is a thought-provoking, enjoyable book that appeals to a wide audience. From passion to conflict, the author focuses on topics that most of us can identify with and vividly depicts them in stories and poems. It’s a little trickier than it seems to write about the human experience, yet Smith portrays it as simple. He skillfully spins narratives that appear straightforward but have complex undertones. You cannot help but imagine yourself in the individuals’ situations as you think about your own response. Readers will relate to the stories in various ways since some are more general and others are more specific.