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.