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American Chew 2013

American Chew

Poetry. "Matthew Lippmans poems know how to love as only a heart knows how to love.

Swelling with rage, candor, humor, and empathy, his lyrics embrace vulnerability and grit that navigate the mire that the world lays before us each day. Their music makes singular reconciliations where anxiety and angst are lent a tough and tender grace."—Michael Morse"Reading a Matthew Lippman poem is like encountering an unstoppable force—or forces.

One moment youre walking down Broadway next to an old friend whos talking a mile a minute—hes on a tear, hes manic but eminently likable, and his monologue is heating up to the point of combustion.

Another moment youre listening to a voiceover spoken by a hardboiled and vaguely hypnagogic private eye. And yet another moment youre at the Tamarack Lodge in a Catskills of long ago listening to a crazed Borscht Belt comedian.

And finally youre listening to a mystic intoning prophecies from deep in the reaches of a dream. I love poetry that takes me through such a range of voices, guises, poses, intensities, and diapasons, yet also manages to make me feel that I am in the presence of a truly human and truly real and singular personality.

These poems were written by a man who takes much pleasure in moving through this mysterious world in language and in a body. He wants to share this pleasure with us—and that is generous, and as good a reason for writing poems as any I can think of."—Geoffrey Nutter"Matthews poems wake us up with brutal honesty and humor.

If you think poetry has lost touch with everyday life, this book will restore your faith and welcome you back."—Rob MacDonald

Paperback: 88 pages Publisher: Burnside Review Pr (August 29, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0989561100 ISBN-13: 978-0989561105 Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces

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