A Blanket of Raven Feathers


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North Star Press of St. Cloud
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5.55 X 0.45 X 8.28 inches | 0.47 pounds
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About the Author

Larry Schug has worked as a dishwasher, grave digger, bookstore clerk, grounds-keeper, junk-yard laborer, assembly-line worker, forestry technician, fire-fighter, and farm worker. He is currently employed as recycling coordinator at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where he has worked for thirty-one years. Larry is the author of six books of poems--Scales Out of Balance (1990), Caution: Thin Ice (1993), The Turning of Wheels(2001), Arrogant Bones (2008), Nails (2011), and At Gloaming(2014), all published with North Star Press of St. Cloud, and a chapbook, Obsessed with Mud, published by Poetry Harbor, Duluth, Minnesota. Caution: Thin Ice was a 1993 Minnesota Book Award Finalist and Arrogant Bones was a 2008 Midwest Book Award Finalist. He has won two Central Minnesota Arts Board grants, a 2007 Pushcart Prize nomination and was awarded a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Writers. He has also received recognition for poems in The Talking Stick and Prairie Poetry. Larry lives beside a large tamarack bog with his wife, Juliann Rule, their dog, Mojo, and cats, Darwin and Wendel, in St. Wendel Township, Minnesota.


"In the fine tradition of writers Sigurd Olson and Henry David Thoreau, Larry Schug's poetry captures a heartfelt love of nature and animals, big and small, insects to plated armadillos, using poetic language ('cacophonous congress of crows') to proclaim his love of the natural world. His wry humor will make you chuckle, while infused throughout are crisp, telling details that make you see what he sees, and believe that you are there with him ('. . . three sandhill cranes, silhouetted black on gray against the bulging water skins of rain clouds yet to burst'), and feel what he feels.

"But he takes on humanity, too, from himself ('I am a young man disguised as an old man, disguised as my father, my grandfather'), the misery of a cold shared with a spouse, or sibling differences.

"He takes on social justice, sending 'poems of truth (I say), to the FBI, CIA, BIA, KGB, Homeland Security, scream[ing] free verse at the Pentagon.'

"Larry's poetic world is far and wide-seeing and universal and thoughtful. He sees poetry anywhere and everywhere--in his brother's restoration of their father's old barber chair, in a cat peering out a window, even through the eyes of a milkweed plant, or a tree, and one of his greatest gifts as a writer is how accessible his verse is as he moves us to view what is loved and lost and hidden and yearned for in our souls."

- Bill Vossler

Life columnist for the St. Cloud Times, author of more than 3,300 articles and sixteen books, including Burma-Shave and The Art & Craft of Rewriting

--Bill Vossler "Review "