“Equal parts punk rock and pastoral, [Rohrer has] a voice that seems unearthly in its ability to be detached and simultaneously tender.” American Poet
Approaching pleasure and terror with the same searching and determined curiosity, Rise Up traverses political, natural, and domestic landscapes with gentle agility. Beautifully crafted surfaces give way to sincere depth.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Green Light (2004, shortlisted for the Griffin Prize), Satellite, and A Hummock in the Malookas. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing.
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About the Author
Matthew Rohrer is the author of Destroyer and Preserver , 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.
Table of Contents
Four Romantic Poets 1
Summer Poem 5
Winning Isn't Everything 6
This Postcard 9
Poem in the Manner of Coleridge 10
Poem Against Wordsworth 11
Poem [Describe the Shape] 13
Poem on the Radio 14
Poem for the East River 15
Poem Glowing Blue and Orange 16
A Hawk is on Her Heart 17
In a Bower of Rosemary 23
The Ideograms 29
The Darkness Needs a Little Shove 43
Statistics of Deadly Quarrels 51