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About the author:
Sam Rasnake's works, receiving five nominations for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in OCHO, Wigleaf, Big Muddy, Literal Latté, Poem, Pebble Lake Review, Poets/Artists, New World Writing, Thrush Poetry Journal, Santa Fe Literary Review, as well as the anthologies MiPOesias Companion 2012, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Best of the Web 2009, LUMMOX 2012, Flash Fiction Fridays, BOXCAR Poetry Review Anthology 2, Deep River Apartments, The Lost Children, and Dogzplot Flash Fiction 2011. He is the author of Necessary Motions (Sow's Ear Press, 1998), Religions of the Blood (Pudding House Press, 1998), Lessons in Morphology (GOSS183, 2010) and Inside a Broken Clock (Finishing Line Press, 2010). He is chapbook editor for Sow's Ear Poetry Review, has served as a judge for the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, University of California, Berkeley, and from 2001-2010 was editor of Blue Fifth Review. Since 2011, Rasnake has edited, along with Michelle Elvy, the Blue Five Notebook Series from BFR.

Cinéma Vérité

Authored by Sam Rasnake
Photographs by Eryk Wenziak
Edited by Nicolette Wong, Walter Bjorkman
Edition: 1

Cinéma Vérité is a collection of 46 ekphrastic poems from award-winning poet, Sam Rasnake.

While other poets have explored the entwined connections of film and poetry, no American poet is doing so more effectively today than Sam Rasnake. He writes: "Like the puppeteer's hands/ that refuse to hide or the stir/ of wings... something/ lets go its darker elegance." But the elusive other in these poems never goes away; not at all. What is seemingly lost to the speaker of this and so many other poems in this book appears luminously on every page, as if projected by the magic lanterns of old - framed, examined - with each image fully realized. There is not an outtake, not a single process-shot among the poems in Cinéma Vérité. This is the real stuff; the long-rumored master reel - language from the very heart of things.

- Greg Rappleye, author of A Path Between Houses, winner of the Brittingham Prize, and Figured Dark, winner of the University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series

Publication Date:
0615856950 / 9780615856957
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / General

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