Matthew Dickman and Emily Strelow
This joint reading brings two writers rooted in Portland, one the acclaimed poet Matthew Dickman, here with his third full-sized collection, and Emily Strelow, here with an historically-set debut novel. Matthew Dickman’s new Wonderland (W. W. Norton), preceded by All-American Poem and Mayakovsky’s Revolver, has been garnering raves at readings along the way to publication. Now, the book at last.
“There is an unabashed rapture to these poems about ordinary American life in the analog age. How astounding, and how perfectly troubling, to be led through this fearsome, familiar realm of choked silences and violent collisions by an intelligence as deft and buoyant as Matthew Dickman’s.” —Tracy K. Smith.
“With Wonderland, Matthew Dickman captures the vicissitudes of childhood: the mess and wildness of it all, how we are both held and discarded, the way darkness subsumes the glow and vice versa. Dickman’s poems are deft and sparkling and never cease to tear into you with their profound rawness and beauty.” —Carrie Brownstein.
Emily Strelow’s The Wild Birds (Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book) ranges from 1870s San Francisco up to Oregon decades later, and then on to the present-day. A silver box of eggshells, a one-time gift from mother to daughter, plays a talismanic-like role in the narrative of lives lived in vividly rendered landscapes.
“A lovesong to the living world, this shimmering, intricate web of a book is going to capture hearts.” —Karen Russell.