Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
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.
Thanks so much to Stacy's Blog for a thoughtful review of Dear Almost. Stacy writes, "I was completely caught up, all of the emotions of the poet swirling around the ones that it brought out in me. Read the full review here.
Thank you to poetry editor Rick Barot for accepting two poems for New England Review. "An Annunciation" and "Gray Light on An Unmade Bed" will appear in an upcoming issue. These poems are from a new manuscript I'm working on called Never Going Back Again.
Thanks so much to Eunice Moral for her review of Dear Almost on the Nerdy Talks Book Blog. Eunice calls the book "a howl to the wind" and notes that it "offers a profound understanding of what it is like to hold on to a memory and eventually come to terms with the loss." Read the full review here.
Thanks so much to the editors of Cherry Tree for accepting three poems for their next issue. "How Every Song Ends," "First We Felt Young" and "The New World" will appear in issue 3, due out next year.
My interview with poet Naoko Fujimoto is up today at the Ploughshares blog. Naoko's collection Home No Home won the Oro Fino chapbook competition. It's a beautiful, surprising, captivating sequence of poems focused around the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. If you haven't read it, please check it out.
My essay, "A Life Imagined," appears in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. I'm grateful to editor Kevin Larimer for the opportunity and encouragement to write this piece. In the essay, I share the story behind my new book, Dear Almost, and talk about my writing process.
Wendy Wisner was kind enough to answer my questions about her poems and essays over at the Ploughshares blog. In the interview, we talked about her latest book of poems, Morph and Bloom, and how her prose writing influences her poetry.