"Rohrer has an enchanting willingness to look outward, a willingness not to grasp the world using old means which have failed us, even if no new means present themselves ready-made."Judges' citation, the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize
Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Matthew Rohrer illuminates the modern plight: trying to figure out how to be a thoughtful citizen, parent, and person as the landscape of terror and history worms its way into our everyday existence. Unnervingly humorous, casual, and tender, Rohrer's poems help us investigate our lives as he investigates hisopenly and with a generous presence.
From "Dull Affairs":
How am I to concentrate
• n the heavy and dull
affairs of state
with the sound of a baby having a dream
in the other room
Matthew Rohrer is the author of five previous books of poetry, including A Plate of Chicken , Rise Up , Satellite , and A Green Light , which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also co-author of Nice Hat. Thanks . with Joshua Beckman, with whom he has participated in performances at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. He received the Pushcart Prize and his first book, A Hummock in the Malookas , was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at New York University.
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About the Author
Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Plate of Chicken , Rise Up , A Green Light , Satellite , and A Hummock in the Malookas . With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty .
His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals. He’s received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart prize. A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series, and A Green Light was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Recently he has participated in residencies/performances at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle).
Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was raised in Oklahoma, and attended universities in Ann Arbor, Dublin, Ireland and Iowa City. He teaches in the creative writing program at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.
Table of Contents
What Is More Distracting Than Clouds
Poets With History/Poets Without History
Marque Número Dos
They Pull a Suicide from the Water
The Smell of Frying Fish
Poem for Music’s Distractions
Poem for Starlings
Two Hours of Crying
For Which I Love You
At the Deux Magots
Poem with the Title at the End
Display Case of Steak
Drinking with Your Brother
Poem for Mideast Peace
Poem for My Thirties
Enough with Abstraction
Where the Hawk Pauses
A Sunny Lunch
Poem on the Occasion of the Midterm Election
Poem for Asthma
Poem for the Wind
Mary Wollstonecraft Traveling with Her Kids
Poem for German Heritage