Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
My review of Marianne Boruch's new book of poems, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, is up now at On the Seawall, as part of "Nine Poets Recommend New & Recent Titles." You can check out all the reviews right here.
Thanks so much to poet and Seawall editor Ron Slate for inviting me to take part. I've been a fan of Marianne Boruch's work for years, but never had the opportunity to write about her poems before.
C. Dale Young’s poems explore themes of personal transformation and self-discovery, delving into what binds people together and pulls them apart. His carefully crafted poems balance strong emotion with formal precision. It was a pleasure to talk with him about his new book, The Halo, for the Ploughshares blog. You can read our interview here.
Thank you to True Book Addict for giving me the chance to contribute a guest post to the blog. In this mini-essay, I talk about my new book, Dear Almost, and how writing helped me cope with loss.
True Book Addict is also running a book giveaway, so if you haven't picked up Dear Almost already, here's your chance to score a free copy.
As a follow-up to yesterday's book review, I enjoyed having the chance to write a guest post for Peeking Between the Pages about why I love interviewing other writers--something I do regularly for the Ploughshares blog. You can read the guest post here.
As part of this guest post, Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of my new book, Dear Almost. Enter the giveaway via the link at the end of the post!
Thanks so much to Darlene of Peeking Between the Pages for this thoughtful review of Dear Almost. She writes, "This is a beautifully written book full of sadness and grief but I didn’t find it depressing. I just found it beautiful and well worth reading for poetry lovers."
A few years back, I read some work by Margaret Rhee in a Kundiman anthology and thought, Okay, now here's someone to watch out for, when she publishes a collection of poems. And when I read her chapbook, Radio Heart, I was reminded all over again how her poems take familiar experiences and emotions and make them strange and fresh and new. All of which made it fun and fascinating to have the chance to talk with Margaret about her poems for this Ploughshares interview.
As part of my Poetic Book Tour, Iliana at Bookgirl's Nightstand invited me to write a guest post for her blog about what poetry means to me. Here's an excerpt:
"Poems enable us to hold onto joy as well as sorrow (and all the feelings in between), to remember and re-imagine our day-to-day lives. Poems help us take a step back from life so we can see it more clearly. They give us respite, shelter, even if just for a little while. They refresh us, before we dive back into the hurried blur of our everyday lives."
You can read the full post here. Bookgirl's Nightstand is also giving away one copy of Dear Almost, so be sure to leave a comment there if you want a chance to win.
Thank you to Jorie Loves A Story for this new review of Dear Almost. Here's an excerpt:
"This is a story of what is 'almost' possible and... a way of having closure when the one person you'd like to leave behind footprints to follow after you is not able to take the journey... but can be with you in spirit."
Big thanks to the Necromancy Never Pays book blog for engaging with my new book. Here's an excerpt: "Near the end of the poem comes the question 'grief does / end eventually, doesn’t / it?' In the end, he thinks that the child is 'not enough / to hold onto.' And yet, he shows us, she has an effect on his world." Check out the full review here.
Earlier this year, I sent an email off into the blue, across the water, to a poet whose work I deeply admire. I wasn't sure I'd found a current email address for him, or would receive a response--but what followed was a thoughtful, insightful exchange via email. I'm very grateful to Ciaran Carson for his warm and generous response. He kindly took the time to talk about his work with this admiring reader. You can read our interview on the Ploughshares blog.
And look for a few more interviews with amazing poets coming up as we close out the year, including Margaret Rhee, C. Dale Young and Allison Joseph.