By Matthew Buckley Smith
PRAISE FOR DIRGE FOR AN IMAGINARY WORLD:
Wildness and precision and fervour balanced with wit—there are the hallmarks of Matthew Buckley Smith’s tremendous Dirge for an Imaginary global. In matters nice (“For the Neanderthals”) and small made nice (“For the school soccer Mascots”), the comedian is wealthy with critical purpose and gravity lightened with discerning wit. yet just a poet who lifts heavy and unwieldy subjects—death, misplaced love, the absence of god—knows the imperatives of swish stability.
– Andrew Hudgins (Judge, 2011 capable Muse e-book Award)
In this deeply amazing debut quantity of poetry, Dirge for an Imaginary international, Matthew Buckley Smith provides a awesome variety of deft formal schemes, temporal routine, and sundry settings. We come upon sonnets, couplets, quatrains, Sapphics, sestets etc written with a slick, pleasant merging of technical services and tender modern rhythms. the diversity of topics is both and as charmingly eclectic, from Neanderthals, Dante, Vermeer, for example, to school soccer Mascots, street Mediums, and Spring Ballet assessments. psychological and linguistic agility generously problem the reader in poem after poem.
– Greg Williamson (from the “Foreword”)
“If how to the higher there be, it exacts an entire examine the Worst,” wrote Thomas Hardy, whose spirit strikes in the course of the tremendous poems of Matthew Buckley Smith’s debut assortment. Like his blast-beruffled predecessor, Smith braves a clear-eyed examine our fallen international, mourning in elegantly specified language the sorrows inherent in “set(ting) out to map a promised land/ Out of achieve and regularly simply at hand,” but in addition wishing nice mercy upon us tourists failed and failing. those are poems choked with either reckoning and style, made all of the extra appealing for his or her humane knowledge. Dirge for an Imaginary international is immensely impressive.
– Carrie Jerrell
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matthew Buckley Smith used to be born in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his MFA in poetry on the Johns Hopkins college. His poems have seemed, or will quickly look in numerous magazines, together with Beloit Poetry magazine, Commonweal, Iron Horse Literary assessment, degree, The Alabama Literary overview, imagine magazine, and most sensible American Poetry 2011. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Baltimore together with his spouse, Joanna.
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