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All That Feeds Us: West Virginia Poems
All That Feeds Us: West Virginia Poems

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Pages: 27
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1-891852-90-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-891852-90-9

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by Marc Harshman

Through his big-hearted poems, Marc Harshman teaches the rest of us how to pry ourselves open a little, to love the world and everything in it just a little more. Whatever their subject – the death of a grandmother, sympathy for a bear, or the way a trout fisherman can be “caught” every bit as much as a trout – these poems are deeply felt, deeply affecting and absolutely essential. -- Doug Van Gundy, author of A Life Above Water

All That Feeds Us: The West Virginia Poems by Marc Harshman is a wonderful collection that ranges from the story of the ancient Hebrews to the very concrete lives of contemporary rural West Virginians. He writes of “milk and honey/loaves and fishes/tomatoes and sweet corn” as well as of fly fishing, whinnying screech owls, mountaintop removal, apples in the basement, and gum trees with red leaves smoldering. All of this takes us deep into the meaning of human experience. Every word rings true, and truth rings out of the poems. -- Meredith Sue Willis, author of Re-Visions: Stories from Stories and Higher Ground

The first thing you may notice about Marc Harshman's beautifully made poems are their convincing, low-key spoken voice. Then you discover the sweetness of his images of "ordinary" people and West Virginia landscapes; as he says in "Setting the Hook": "there's no getting free/of what it is here I love." I don't know another living poet who does these things so well and so truly. - Ed Ochester, author of Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New and Editor, Pitt Poetry Series

About the author:

Marc Harshman is the poet laureate of West Virginia. His full-length collection, GREEN-SILVER AND SILENT, was published in 2012 by Bottom Dog Press. His fourth chapbook, ALL THAT FEEDS US: THE WEST VIRGINIA POEMS came out from Quarrier Press in 2013. Periodical publications include Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, The Progressive, Appalachian Heritage, and the Roanoke Review. Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. His eleven children’s books include THE STORM, a Smithsonian Notable Book. His children's titles have also been published in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Danish, and Swedish. Marc has new children’s books forthcoming from Roaring Brook/Macmillan and Eerdmans. He lives in Wheeling, West Virginia and holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also recently received an honorary doctorate from Bethany College in recognition of his life’s work. In honor of West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial, Marc was commissioned by the Wheeling National Heritage Area to write a poem celebrating this event and so on June 20th his poem “A Song for West Virginia” was presented in both Charleston and Wheeling as a part of the day-long festivities held that day.