Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
Thank you to the editors of Image for including my poem "Relic" in their new issue. You can read it online here. "Relic" is part of a new manuscript I'm working on called Never Going Back Again.
Allison Benis White’s prose poems evoke a world of loss and wonder, in which the mysteries of our daily lives are illuminated as a story that finds its shape in the telling. Meeting her and picking up a copy of her new book, Please Bury Me in This, was one of the highlights of this year's AWP Conference for me. Recently, I had the chance to ask her a few questions about her haunting new book for the Ploughshares blog.
I’m deeply grateful to the Bronx Council on the Arts for awarding me a 2017 BRIO Fellowship. “BRIO” stands for “Bronx Recognizes Its Own.” Each year, the BCA awards fellowships to 25 Bronx artists. The Bronx is the only borough in New York City to provide this kind of ongoing award for artists. Click here to see all of this year's recipients.
Elizabeth A. I. Powell’s poems are adventures in language; they travel freely across the borderlands of genre and bring the reader along for an inventive, unforgettable ride. Recently I caught up with her to talk about her latest book, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter, over at the Ploughshares blog.
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.