Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reading at Rhino Release Party

Some Pics from Rhino 2015 Release Party

Reading my poem, "Émilie du Châtelet"

The least of her accomplishments
was that she took a few turns with Voltaire,
which is like starting a sentence with
“No offense but” or “You know who you remind me of?”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review of Requited

I review Kristina Marie Darling's Requited at Drunken Boat.

"The way out, of course, is always simple; it’s the way back in that is challenging like the walled garden of Milton’s paradise protected by warlike archangels with flaming swords. Milton’s couple walks hand-in-hand east of Eden, but for Darling’s couple to find their way out, they must simply break their grip and make the climb alone."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Take my Poetry Workshop This August!

Writing the Moment
Have you ever thought, “This is one of the most important moments in my life” and lamented that you could find no way to leave a record of it or to share the feeling with those you were experiencing the moment with? Have you ever wished you could write an engaging poem to celebrate an important life event or occasion: the end of summer, a sudden break-up, a graduation, a death?

In this workshop, we’ll be writing poems for specific occasions, poems that are meant to serve the needs of the moment however we choose to define it. Participants in this workshop will experiment with different types of occasional poem like odes, epithalamia, dirges, paeans, epistles and ekphrastic poems.

We will also explore the ways in which an occasional poem can be shaped by media and the immediate access to an audience it can provide over email, twitter, text, or on Facebook.

We will be reading poems by Pindar, John Keats, Ed Madden, Lynne Bryer, Lucille Clifton, Brenda Shaughnessy and Robert Graves, among others.

Click Here to Sign Up
Class size: 10
Dates: August 3-30, 2015
Regular Price: $175
Early bird price: $150

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review of Banned for Life

Read my review of Arlene Ang's new book at Cleaver Magazine.


"Two late poems, “Behind the Locked Door” and “After the Flood,” are of particular interest because they allude to the Book of Enoch—an apocryphal text found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. In “Behind the Locked Door,” for example, the mother figure references the archangel Azazel, who, according to 1 Book of Enoch, was a member of a rebellious group of angels called the Watchers who came to earth, copulated with mortal women and gave birth to the raging giants, the Nephilim"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Next Reading April 2015

Come see my first reading with Nicole
April 15
Nichols Library, Naperville

Me, Bakul and Nicole after the reading!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

First Review of Loon & Fiasco

Check out Kristina Marie Darling's review at AMRI


"The poems in this collection transition seamlessly between deeply personal prose reflections on "parents," "translations," and an ethereal "past," and forms derived from the most pragmatic of technologies. Matos's skillful pairing of traditional and found literary forms suggests the myriad ways that technology helps us see the boundaries of what can be considered human more clearly"

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Poems While You Wait

Daniela Olszewska, Shane Zimmer, & me

PMYW last night at the Between Friends Bubble Ball Fundraiser in support of building a community without domestic violence.