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The poetry of Marc Harshman is deeply anchored in the earth, the elements of light and water, of all life closely observed. Plants and animals and human beings are equally treasured. Harshman's deep spirituality also permeates his poetry. This new volume by West Virginia's Poet Laureate is a joy. - Denise Giardina, author of Storming Heaven . . . .
Marc Harshman writes a poetry of bonds, bonds between individuals, between families and communities, between the past and present. In his poems the mythic and the folkloric often swirl around the everyday. They are poems of clear-eyed witness and unexpected connections, of relish and humor, and sometimes the macabre, even the uncanny. Harshman celebrates the local and personal as it touches the larger world, in vivid portraits, rituals that define our lives. I admire the authenticity of both the voice and the vision. -Robert Morgan, author of Terroir