In case you missed it, I had a really short one up a couple weeks ago at the same place. That one was called “Lisa Says.”
This morning I interviewed with Marcia Epstein for her Talk With ME radio show. We talked about poetry, fiction, parenting, Tr**p (I know, I know, he’s unavoidable these days), and more, and I read a handful of poems. It was a pretty fun hour.
The show with me is scheduled to air this Tuesday, March 14, at 5 p.m. Central time (that’s 6 for us New Yawkers) through the radio station LawrenceHits.
Thanks again to Marcia for having me!
I’ve got a new poem up at Red Fez, just in time for Valentine’s Day: a quick one called “Getting Lucky.”
And check back here soon. I have more stuff coming out in the next few months.
I’m happy to report that two poems of mine were just released as broadsides by 48th Street Press.
Each year, 48th Street Press puts out a small number of poetry broadsides — poems printed in limited edition on fancypants card-stock paper. I have two broadsides available: “Going dark” and “I saw you.” Only twenty copies of each exist in the world.
If you’re local (to me), let me know if you’d like a copy and we’ll figure something out. If you’re not local, you can order a set of them from me for two bucks, shipping included, via PayPal. I have signed and hand-numbered these bad boys, by the way.
by Matt Galletta
Published by 48th Street Press
Other contributors to the broadside series this year include favorites of mine like Wolfgang Carstens, Lawrence Gladeview, (fellow Albany poet) Alan Catlin, Kevin Ridgeway, Ben John Smith, John Yamrus…the list goes on! You’ll have to seek out these other writers yourself to get copies of theirs. Which I highly recommend you do. After you send me two bucks, that is.
A new review of The Ship Is Sinking appeared this week. I even answered a few interview questions about it.
George Anderson of Bold Monkey spent some time with the book and wrote a rather intelligent, thoughtful analysis. I’d quote from it here but you should just go check it out. The review includes a number of excerpts from the book, as well as one complete poem that I don’t believe has appeared elsewhere online.
Anderson’s review is followed by a short interview he did with me. I answered some questions regarding the book’s genesis and my general approach to writing. I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about. Almost.
Anyway, a poem called “You Remind Me of Philadelphia,” about a stolen car stereo, is up at Headlock Press as of this weekend. It was first printed in Lummox a couple years ago, though it’s a little different now, I think.
Stay tuned for a few new things coming out early 2016.
A couple pieces I wrote went up at Headlock Press this week.
You can take a look at a story/prose poem thing I wrote around five million years ago. I had originally called it “Detective Story” but then a (now-defunct) online mag published it with the new title of “A Metaphor.” Fast-forward a few years, I show it to Paul Agostino, editor at HP, and he rechristens it “Creating Conflict.” I’m eager to see who renames it next.
That one’s followed by “Must be nice,” a poem from a while back.
The whole thing starts off with an excerpt from an email I sent to Paul recently. It includes my response to his new book, Appalachian Calculations. I see now how what I wrote reads almost like a book review, and you can take it as such. The book is non-fiction, a collection of short essays and anecdotes about Paul’s travels through small-town mountain country in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: It’s a good book, and worth the fifteen bucks it’ll cost you to get a copy.
HP’s editor, Paul Agostino, read the book and emailed me about it, then gussied up his note through the magic of editing, and now it’s a review.
He talks about the “dark ride” the book takes, and he provides a couple excerpted poems. It’s a really thorough, insightful read. This may be one of those times when the review is better-written than the thing it’s reviewing.
In any event, I’m damn grateful for the support.