Marc Rahe received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Gutcult, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, jubilat, notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Petri Press, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human service agency. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue Press in 2010.
Marc Rahe’s concern with the body—in motion, trauma, sickness, health, intoxication, joy, wonder, and waiting—fascinates and compels one to heartbreak, desire, and resignation. The poems in The Smaller Half are silly and strange, adapting, fiery, and fiercely observant—as well as bent on the notion that one might attend to even the smallest of extraordinary details.
In On Hours, his second stunning collection, Marc Rahe reveals himself as an occasionally grave and often humorous master of observation whose poems note the natural in the mechanical and the wild in the wonder. Rahe's lines track such gestures as a hand as it lands on the back of one's lover, the alien glow of a flash-lit finger, and a single "cloud of promise" versus those that are withholding. "We took/ a picnic and a shadow/ board. To look without// looking," he writes, followed by the eerie query: "Where/ do you go, after?" This is a collection of contemplations worthy of returning to as one returns to their Montaigne or their Bacon.