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Plenus Gratia Publications
Polar Poetry by Ronnie Smith

Ronnie Smith

Ronnie Smith was born of U.S. Air Force parents in Udine, Italy, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Loyola College (B.A.) and the University of Maryland.  Ron played semi-pro basketball in Europe before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1983 to fly C-130 transport aircraft.  He 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. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri. His 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


Loyola University Maryland Magazine, April 2011.  Profile article and poetry.

Air Force News

Secretary of State presents Col. Smith’s Memorial Chart to New Zealand

Exhibits & Installations

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

Environmental and Polar Poetry Exhibit on the line with , Troutdale, Oregon Art Festival, May 2010

Polar Dialogues Exhibit, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum, September 2009

Contributed 13 poems in fusion with sculpture by K.A. Colorado

Troutdale, Oregon Art Festival, May 2010

Earth Day installation using recyclable materials etched with my Earth Day poetry

Poetry and Marble, fusion with sculptor Rude Calderone, Michael the Archangel, 2012

Mission & Approach

My different poetry books capture my Antarctic polar revelations, Air Force career, and life since retiring from the U.S. Air Force. My new direction is glimpsed by the last two books, Roses for the Most High and The Sky is for Wonder. I have two books in development (A Princess Fairy Tale and Poetry on the Celtic Saints). After those two books, a poetry book elaborating on The Desert Fathers and Mothers, or how Christian monasticism was born. Please visit my author page to explore my other books.

Latest Release

Get your copy of the 2nd Edition of Roses for the Most High at your favorite online book seller!


Roses for the Most High by Ronnie Smith

Awards, Bibliography
& More Credits


Bronze Medal Winner: “The Last White Ruby” is a 2016 Readers’ Favorite in the Poetry – Inspirational category

Seal of Approval, Catholic Writers Guild, for “Roses for the Most High”


Amy Burger, “ Retired Air Force Colonel fills downtown loft with art and artifacts”, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, November 23, 2012

Aimee Levitt, “Poetry in a Cold Climate”, Cover Story, The Riverfront Times, January 20, 2010

Jeannette Cooperman, “All There is is White”, Saint Louis Magazine feature story, January 2010, p. 114-120


St Louis Post-Dispatch, article/poetry

U.S. Department of State, Diplomacy in Action

Armed with Science, Tragedy on the Ice, [Dispatch from Antarctica], Poetry

The American Polar Society, Polar Times, Jan 2011. Reprint of New York Times Polar Ponies and Sled Dogs article by John Noble Wilford.

South with the Sun, historical biography by Lynne Cox, September 2011, book consultant, featured and poem excerpted, “The Only Road”.

Global Animal, article reprinted, by John Noble Wilford,

Polar Publishing , Limited, 2002-2011, 6 poems.

EQUUS Magazine, “ Ponies of the Southern Sky”, Featured in Article, January 2016 

The Old Antarctic Explorers Association Gazette, May 2016, Review on The Last White Ruby

Interview with LiveScience on South Pole Rescue June 2016 

The Evansville Review, PHI KAPPA PHI Forum, The New York Times 

Antarctic Sun and Calendar, Phantasmagoria, Karmakaze Magazine, The Wisconsin Review, West Wind Review, The Pilar Jimenez Art Portfolio/Exhibition,  First Prize Lollapalooza Poetry Reading, RiverSedge, Penwood Review; Saint Louis Magazine, Feature story and poetry, January 2010;  Polar Dialogues Exhibit with K. A. Colorado, L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, CA, Oct-Nov 2009; and West Vancouver Memorial Library Polar Inspiration Exhibit, The North Shore Outlook, The 2010 Troutdale, Oregon Art Festival;  The Ted x Monterey 2010 Conference; Armed with Science, Dispatches from the Ice, “Tragedy on the Ice”; American Kennel Club Gazette; SIRIUS, A.K.C. Museum of the Dog Newsletter, Loyola University Magazine, April 2011 (4 poems and article); Icons in Transformation Art Exhibition, “A Visit with Icons”, World Cathedral Tour, Lockheed Martin Magazine ( Ode to the C130) , Polar Publishing Limited, Global Animal, Alaskan Malamute Newsletter, Hexagon Press, Watcher in the East and Mercy, November / December 2014, Diverse Voices Quarterly Press, Ode to Tycho Brahe, Vol 7 Issue 24, Spring 2015 


Antarctican Nocturne, Evansville Review Vol. XIV, 2004 

W.A.I.S. Divide, 1st Prize, Poetry Slam sponsored Lollapalooza Prize, McMurdo Station 

Observation Hill, The Antarctic Sun 

Helge, The New York Times 

Antarctica’s Deep, The Riverfront Times 

Absolute Winter, The Riverfront Times 

The Aviators, The Riverfront Times 

The Emperor Penguin, The Riverfront Times 

Tale of Antarctica, The Riverfront Times 

The Only Road, South With The Sun, novel, Lynne Cox 

Me and You, Saint Louis Magazine 

Winter-Soul, Loyola University Maryland Magazine 

Life of Iceberg, Loyola University Maryland Magazine; North Shore Outlook 

Polar Winter, Polar Worlds Magazine, Polar Publishing 

Bear of the Coldest Ocean, Polar Worlds Magazine, Polar Publishing 

Iceberg Opus, Saint Louis Magazine 

Exile, Polar Worlds Magazine, Polar Publishing 

To the Sled Dog, Alaskan Malamute Newsletter; AKC Museum of the Dog, Saint Louis, MO 

Snowfields, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

Snow Being, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

Ross  Ice Shelf, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

Aurorae Polaris, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

White Harp, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

Go to Greenland, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

Inside the Ice, “Polar Dialogue 2009”, L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

The Loneliness Blues Bar; Morning Field    West Wind Review 2007

Hollow Space   PHI KAPPA PHI Forum Spring 2005 Vol 85 issue 1

The Ward    Wisconsin Review 2004 Vol 39 issue 1

Sonoran Nightfall     Phantasmagoria 2004

Upper West Side     The New York Times May 26, 2003

Observation Hill      The Antarctic Sun 2004

Antarctican Nocturne       Evansville Review  Vol XIV 2004

The Artist        Pilar Jiminez Art Exhibition

Glasgow Corner       RiverSedge 2006

Church of the Beach    Penwood Review; Spring 2009 issue

6 poems – Polar Publishing, Limited, 2002-2012

4 poems – Loyola Magazine, April 2011

“Life of Iceberg” – North Shore Outlook, April 2010, and Loyola Magazine, April 2011

“The Only Road” – South With The Sun by Lynne Cox, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2011

“Polar Winter” – Polar Worlds Magazine, Polar Publishing, 2011

“Bear of the Coldest Ocean” – Polar Worlds Magazine, Polar Publishing, 2011

“Exile” – Polar Worlds Magazine, Polar Publishing, 2011

“To the Sled Dog” – Alaskan Malamute Newsletter, 2011

“I Dreamed” – “Tragedy on the Ice, [Dispatch from Antarctica],” Armed with Science, November 2010

“Helge” – The New York Times, 28 September 2010; reprinted: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Global Animal

3 poems – The Riverfront Times, January 2010

“Iceberg Opus” – Saint Louis Magazine, December 2009

“Me and You” – Saint Louis Magazine, December 2009

7 poems – “Polar Dialogue 2009,” L.A. Artcore Contemporary Art Museum

“W.A.I.S. Divide” – Lollapalooza poetry Slam contest, McMurdo Station, Antarctica (1st Prize), 2006

“Observation Hill” – The Antarctic Sun, December 2004

“Antarctican Nocturne” – Evansville Review, Vol. XIV, 2004

“Watcher in the East”, Hexagon Press, Nov 2014 

“Mercy” , Hexagon Press,  December 1, 2014 

“The Wonder of Splendor”, The Fellowship of the King, April 25, 2016

Our Lady of the World, The Fellowship of the King, May 6, 2016

Lady Julian of Norwich, Dappled Things, FEB/MAR 2017 Vol. 12, Issue 1, p. 54

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