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Imagine the Dawn: The Civil War Sonnets, Poems by Ryan G. Van Cleave

Personal and American history juxtapose in this intimate collection of narrative and epistolary poems by Ryan G. Van Cleave. Stepping into the words and voices of family members, Van Cleave brings the reader to the Civil War not as history but as felt experience, depicted in haunting sonnets that take the form of letters from the front.

Sample Poems by Ryan G. Van Cleave

Praise for Ryan G. Van Cleave’s Previous Work

“Ryan G. Van Cleave is a born storyteller. smart, funny, energetic, and compassionate. true sensitivity to human beings in all their madness and magnificence.” —Martin Espada

Ryan G. Van Cleave lives in upstate South Carolina and teaches creative writing and literature at Clemson University.  He has taught creative writing and literature at the Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth centers. He is the author or co-author of ten books.  He is also the author of five poetry chapbooks, which won the 2001 Dream Horse Press Contest, the 2002 Miriam Morris Chapbook Award, the 2002 Word Journal Chapbook Contest, the 2002 St. Andrews College Press Contest, and the 2002 Big City Lit Chapbook Contest, respectively. His award-winning poems, fiction, and nonfiction appear in such journals as The Antioch Review, The Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Southern Humanities Review, and TriQuarterly. Ryan’s writing has also appeared in such books as Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Fiction and Poetry (Prentice Hall, 2000), Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books, 2005) and In a Fine Frenzy: Poetry Inspired by Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005). He has four dogs, and is married to an elementary schoolteacher named Victoria.  Their first child, Valerie, was born in April 2004 and keeps them all quite busy.

ISBN: 1932339922, 80 pages, $17.00

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