Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
I'm starting to get some readings lined up as Dear Almost's pub date gets closer. I'll be reading in Queens in September, and have a Manhattan reading set for January. I'm also working on some additional events in New Jersey, and maybe one or two a little further afield. Check out the Events page for more details.
I'm excited to have my poem "A Woman was Singing Somewhere" appear in the new issue of Memorious, and to be in such good company. Issue 26 features new poems by Joseph O. Legaspi, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Kien Lam, David Hernandez, and more. Big thanks to editor Rebecca Morgan Frank for always putting together such a good read (and for including my work in the mix).
My interview with poet and translator Tomas Q. Morin is up now on the Ploughshares blog. I had a good time talking to him about his own poems, his work translating Pablo Neruda, and how the two intersect and influence each other. Hope you'll take a look.
Thanks so much to the editors of Poet Lore for picking up two poems, “The Size of a Fist” and “Holy Ghost.” The poems will appear in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue, scheduled for October.
My poem “Something to Declare” appeared in Poet Lore a few years back. It’s exciting to soon be back in those pages!
After reading two of her poems in American Poetry Review, I wanted to get my hands on a copy of Kerrin McCadden’s debut collection, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes. And I wanted to ask her about her work for a Ploughshares interview.
Happily, I got to do both. Check out our conversation right here.
And catch up on previous interviews in the series over here.
Okay, my reasons for interviewing John Gallaher weren’t completely objective. For one thing, I already admired his work and found his book-length poem, In A Landscape, strangely impossible to put down. (How often do you say that about a poetry book?) For another, I’d just about finished writing a book-length poem myself and couldn’t help wondering: How did he do it? Why did he do it? His answers are right here.
Words just seem to have more possibilities in the poems of Diane Seuss. They become more flexible, more magnetic, attracting and accumulating meaning and music in a speedy rush to surprise, a hard-won clarity about what it’s like to be here, be human. I’m grateful she took the time to talk about her work and answer a few questions about her latest book, Four-Legged Girl.
Read our interview on the Ploughshares blog.
Thanks so much to interviewer Jessie Serfilipi and editor Daniel Nester for interviewing me recently for Pine Hills Review. I enjoyed the chance to share my thoughts on being a poet who works in Corporate America, writing a book-length poem on the subway, and reading classical Chinese poetry. I was even able to work in a plug for one of my favorite places to work on poems, Amtrak’s Quiet Car.
You can read the interview here.
Big thanks to Adele Kenny for taking the time to talk about her work with me. Adele is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and nonfiction, including A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing At All, a collection of prose poems. In an interview for Ploughshares, we talk about writing, metaphorical mountains, and what poetry and dancing have in common.