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Ronnie Smith Graces the Cover of Riverfront Times
Photo Credit: British Antarctic Survey
Books by Ronnie Smith
Art by Ronnie Smith

Capturing the Esoteric Truths of the Universal Christian Faith

Ronnie Smith has traveled the world as a professional aviator, bringing a spiritual dimension to his writing through this inspiration. After many years flying in the polar regions, he became the in-theater Commander of Operation DEEP FREEZE, the DoD logistics support to the U.S. Antarctic Program from 2005-2008. His poetry has appeared in The New York Times, The Wisconsin Review, and The Evansville Review, among others. Ronnie’s spiritually inspired installations express the path of the soul symbolically through the icons of human civilization. A student of the Christian Mystical tradition and of Catholic faith, Ronnie’s writings and paintings capture the esoteric truths of the universal Christian faith through the medium of archetypal and mystical symbol.


The New York Times, poetry  May 26, 2003, Metropolitan Diary

The New York Times, poetry, April 30, 2010, City Room

The New York Times, feature article, poetry, and editorial, 28 & 30 Sep 2010;

The National Geographic Magazine, April 2011, article, p. 20


Spiritual Stone Sculptures for Landscape  2013

Interior Décor Project: Installation “Spiritual Tension” “high interest” by National Museum of Catholic Art in Washington, DC 2011-2012

Co-Curator, ICONS IN TRANSFORMATION October 2011- January 2012 Art Exhibition, Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Louis, Missouri

Happening Now

Deployed Flight and Sometimes Eternity

Deployed Flight and Sometimes Eternity is released in paperback and e-book in January 2021. A totally revised second edition with new poems and numerous photographs of military aircraft, Deployed Flight and Sometimes Eternity poetically recounts the adventurous career...

Leaping Clear Publishes Three Contemplative Poems

Leaping Clear, the contemplative literary arts magazine has published three of Ronnie Smith’s mystical poems about the Celtic Saints. The titles of the poems, The Utterance of Baile Shear; Gougane Barra of Saint Finbarr; and Saint Baya and Saint Maura (c. 9th Century)...

Poem on Saint Modomnoc

Published by The Tiny Seed Literary JournalI wrote this poem about the Irish Saint Modomnoc and it is the first poem of my Celtic Mystics collection to be published by a literary journal. Three more poems are scheduled to be published later this Fall. My poetry book...

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“This booklet of poetry is as rewarding as it is challenging. To start with, it helps to know that much of the imagery stems from years of flying over the ice caps of Antarctica, but the energy propelling the reader comes from the mysticism of the saints and the Holy Spirit.”
- Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, Bishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Saint Louis

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