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September 11, 2018 / barton smock

Barton Smock reviews Erik Rasmussen’s novel A DIET OF WORMS

Heavy Feather Review

A Diet of Worms, by Erik Rasmussen. Mastodon Publishing, June 2018. 246 pages. $18.00, paper.


I’m not sure how old I was when two boys with a few years on me told me in Sunday school that god gave us hands to keep our arms from falling off. I didn’t believe it, of course, except when I did. Same goes for Erik Rasmussen’s A Diet of Worms. Youth is a confession that means what it says.


It is rare for a coming-of-age tale to so often stop time. Rarer for any tale to cast metamorphosis as a thing evoked. But the writing one sees in this invisibly occurring work is originally rare. Is beheld twice. Whatever guides its glowing scrawl does not feel influenced. Does not feel doomed. Feels, instead, hereditary. And is darkly saving.

Years ago, I read Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio

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