Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
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.
Thanks so much to the editors of Image for picking up my poem, “Relic,” for a future issue. This is a poem from a new manuscript, Never Going Back Again, which brings together poems concerned with eastern and western ideas of spirituality, and losing faith and possibly finding it again.
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 NY-NJ area, 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.