Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
Thank you to the editors of Cherry Tree for the chance to record two poems for The Stump, their online collection of contributors’ readings of their work. My poems “First We Felt Young” and “The New World” appear in issue 3, and are part of a new project I’m working on. You can hear them here.
The poems of Nigerian-born writer Gbenga Adesina speak to us across not only geographic distances, but also the vast expanses of the heart. His poems embody what he calls an “inexorable tenderness” that is often surprising, often moving—a voice that startles us awake to the possibilities of language. Last fall, I had the pleasure of reading with him in Brooklyn as part of the Franklin Electric Reading Series. More recently, I got to talk to him about his poems for the Ploughshares blog.
I'm excited to have three poems in the newly published Machine Dreams, a collection of "creative work and critical theory on the machine, arts and difference." Thanks so much to editor Margaret Rhee for inviting me to contribute some poems. You can view the zine online -- including my poems "Like A Light Left on for You," "My Son on the Video Baby Monitor" and "Sweet Corn" -- or order a print-on-demand copy here.
And while you're at it, check out Margaret's beautiful chapbook, Radio Heart, as well.
Big thanks to New England Review for including two poems of mine in the new issue. "Gray Light on An Unmade Bed" and "An Annunciation" are from a new manuscript I'm working on called Never Going Back Again.
Elizabeth Onusko’s poems are sharp-edged, sometimes bleak, but also very funny. They feel timeless, but also of the moment in their portrayal of a hopeless modern world -- ours -- and the struggles and complicated emotions surrounding infertility and, ultimately, pregnancy and impending parenthood. It was a treat to get to talk to her about her debut collection, Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor, over at the Ploughshares blog.
Thanks so much to Story South and reviewer Sean Delgado for this thoughtful review of Dear Almost. Delgado calls Dear Almost "a book-length poem that is clear, yet nuanced and subtle in its use of imagery and implied metaphor, compassionate and graceful in its grief, and marvelous in its myriad of arrangements and structures." You can read the full review here.
Marianne Boruch’s poems delve into the quirks and oddities of our daily lives. They show us the mind in motion as the poet explores, and revels in the experience of exploration as much as what it might reveal. We caught up at the end of a busy semester (or maybe it was the start of a new one) to talk about how poems happen, how books come together, and the quiet rituals of her begging bowl and hospital rounds over at the Ploughshares blog.
Eileen Pollack’s stories are smart, big-hearted, and thought-provoking. They are easy to read and hard to put down. We recently caught up via email to discuss her novel A Perfect Life, the differences between novels and short stories, and how changes in society can help novels find their audiences. Check out our conversation over at the Ploughshares blog.
Thanks so much to editor Rebecca Morgan Frank for the chance to be featured in a contributor's spotlight over at the Memorious blog. I had a great time talking about Dear Almost, Elizabeth Bishop and epistolary poems with my old friend Leslie Harrison. You can read our conversation here.
Monica Youn’s poems are precise, sharp-edged and fleet-footed; they always seem to be moving in three different directions at once. It was a pleasure to read her new book, Blackacre, and have the chance to talk to her about it earlier this month via email for this Ploughshares interview.