Surviving Fragments

Marc Thomas

About the Book

For more than fifty years, Marc Thomas has written occasional fragments that he calls poetry.

During the pandemic, he began to write again, beginning with a review of his earlier work. This debut collection highlights the favorites he has kept and reworked. Some date back to 1967, while a few are recent.

The topics, the styles, and even the opinions are diverse, with varied themes that touch upon moments from daily life, small and large epiphanies, and a recurring concern with language and the challenges of epistemology.


About the Author

Marc Thomas

Marc Thomas has been a college librarian, a historical society archivist, and a government technocrat. In 2006, he retired from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after a varied career in several capacities, including regulation and policy development, legislative implementation, planning, budget, systems, contracts, and project and risk management.

He has a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and master’s degrees in library and information science from the State University of New York at Albany and in theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

Active in several book clubs, he is an avid and eclectic reader — especially of mystery stories, poetry, literature, history, philosophy, science, and any other damned thing that catches his fancy — and is known for diving down rabbit holes of enthusiasm and coming back with odd treasures of trivia.

He also supports Little Free Libraries, including the one in front of his house, and is a sporadically active amateur genealogist.

A book collector limited by (shelf) space and time, Marc persists in an ongoing battle to manage the transition from simple accumulation to a curated library of fixed physical dimensions.

In 2011, Marc and his wife retired to Savannah, Georgia, where they live in an artfully painted house and enjoy their dog, their ducks, and a garden.


Books by Marc Thomas