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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Book Focuses on Literary Connections

March 29, 2011

BRISTOL, VA — Sam Rasnake, a Virginia Intermont College creative writing instructor, has released his third collection of published poetry. This new book of poems, Inside a Broken Clock, focuses on literary connections.

Noted poet Marge Piercy commented that the collection shows Rasnake's "ability to situate himself in the past and present journey of literature and his sharp sense of nature and the human landscape." She continued, "His poems are precise with things — trout, grackles, moss, steaming bowls of soup — but reflective and strongly self-aware. He never presents himself exactly front and center emoting, but is somewhat off to the side, seeing the context as clearly as he sees himself. In some of the work there is a moving sadness and sense of mortality and failure but never self-pity."

Rasnake previously published Necessary Motions, a collection of poetry, and two chapbooks, Religions of the Blood and Lessons in Morphology. In addition, he is the founding and lead editor of Blue Fifth Review, an online journal of poetry and art.

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