Olan L. Smith was born in Huntsville, Missouri in 1953. He graduated from Westran High School in 1971 and went on to receive two degrees in higher education.  He graduated in 1978 from Northwest Christian College in Eugene Oregon with a B.S. degree and a Masters degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.  Olan first published poetry in 1985 in two literary publications;  "Earthwise," University of Miami, Florida, and "Alura Poetry," Vol. X, No 2 Fall, 1985; Minnesota.  Other published poems from Olan L. Smith (Cotton Jones) can be found in "Poetry Train America," by John E. Wordslinger (edited by Charles H. Gragg), 2013; "The Universe Inside," edited by Eva Xanithopoulos, 2012.

Olan has one featured Wattpad eBook, "Journey Home" that he refers to as the little engine that could, because it keeps chugging along and gathering steam as it travels the merry passages of the literary world.

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    Columbia, MO
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The Wizard

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Description: The Wizard is dialogue series that asks questions and ponders evidence about existence. We will take a look behind the curtain to see what the Wizard is up to, and what tricks he (she) has up his (her) sleeve, be warned that in so doing it might sp...

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Journey Home

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Journey Home c.2013, Olan L. Smith Journey Home is a collection of poems that is a personal search for...

Venture Forth

Venture Forth

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Venture Forth is a poem consisting of five tercet stanzas, and is a poem about becoming.

Great Deceiver

Great Deceiver

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A free verse poem written in the prophet voice of end times.

Consciousness vs. Sub-consciousness

Consciousness vs. Sub-consciousness

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This is based on MRI reading that show the brain forms the our words six to seven seconds before we actu...

CottonJones commented on The Wizard - A Wizard's Laughter

Ya, we matter to each other, and that makes it all the worse we war over our beliefs; whose god is greater they shout, and nothing is listening.  Sixty-two kisses would be nice, and you are sweet to wish me a happy birthday, and that makes you the sweetest thing south of the equator.  Lpf