Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Poem by Ben Rasnic

The Awakening
Glistening in the essence
of Morning Star light,
it clings to the stellar fescue tips
like fresh teardrops
to a field of flashing knives;
silver linings to a world
which chooses to cloak
its thin skin
in bullet proof vests.     

Ben Rasnic is a native of Jonesville, a small rural town in Southwest Virginia with a population <1000 .="" span=""> His poems have been published in A Small Good Magazine, Bird’s Eye reView, The Camel Review, Camroc Press Review, Flutter Magazine, Gutter Eloquence, The Orange Room Review, Right Hand Pointing, The Rusty Truck, Short, Fast and Deadly, Subliminal Interiors, Victorian Velvet Press and numerous other print and online journals. He is also the author of two collections of poetry, “Artifacts and Legends” from Aldrich Press and “Puppet: Poems by Ben Rasnic” from Alabaster Leaves Publishing. A Pushcart Prize nominee in 2011, Rasnic still considers as his greatest literary achievement, electing to publish two short poems by Yusef Komunyakaa while serving as editor of his college literary magazine, Jimson Weed, in 1978—16 years before Komunyakaa received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ben currently resides in Bowie, Maryland.

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