Adrian Matejka with Nate Marshall and Erin Belieu
Poet Adrian Matejka, whose four previous collections include Map to the Stars and The Big Smoke, which was a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, and which did win the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, gives this virtual reading today for his newest collection, Somebody Else Sold the World (Penguin).
“With blazing virtuosity, Matejka returns in prime form for a wildly syncopated romp—ballasted with earth and music and bombast—serving all the right notes. These poems slyly sit at the intersection of revelation and delicious formal audacity, ‘magnificent & stark inside the addendum, like a big breath exhaled through the best part of a question mark.’” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
“Adrian Matejka’s muscular and mellifluous soundtrack is a savvy directive that reminds us that even chaos has a rhythm you can dance to. With a masterful ear for lyric and eye for the detail that jolts and surprises, the poet adroitly reintroduces us to a world where a simple breath was never too much—here are reminders of love’s fractured mechanics, the heart-rending frailty of fathers, that twinge in the belly at the first downbeat of that song. Matejka even manages to dismantle that wee icon of violence—the bullet—until it is bared of its sin, its ability to end every story it enters. In Somebody Else Sold the World, we revisit the life we were living before the life we’re scarcely living now.” —Patricia Smith.
For this reading, he will have the good company of poets Nate Marshall, most recently out with the collection, Finna, and Erin Belieu, who has a new book out from Copper Canyon, Come-Hither Honeycomb.