Monday, April 7, 2014

A Poem by Ben Rasnic

In Junior High School,
I loved her from afar,
spent entire evenings
scripting for chance conversations.
Yet every opportunity
that availed itself
was never the right moment,
hand poised
like flypaper
over a chess board.
Ben Rasnic is a native of Jonesville, a small rural town in Southwest Virginia with a population <1000.  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.  He is the author of two volumes of poetry, “Artifacts and Legends” (2012) and “Puppet” (2013), both available on Ben currently resides in Bowie, Maryland.

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