Three years ago, I started working on a series of poems about colony collapse in bees. Even then, I saw it as a figure for how we are facing the quite real possibility of the structural failure of society as we know it. Guernica was nice enough to publish one. Read it here.
If you are available this Thursday, please consider joining me via Zoom at the Fire Hydrant Reading Series. For the Facebook invitation click here, and for the Zoom link click here. Hope to see you out!
Please consider supporting a good cause! The latest issue of Impossible Task has just dropped, and readers can get early access for a $5+ donation. 100% of the proceeds will be split between The Okra Project and The Loveland Foundation, which facilitate mental health and other services for the Black Trans community and Black women and girls, respectively. The issue also features three poems by me as well as many other crazy-talented people. I’ll include one as a “teaser.” Click here to purchase early access to the issue.
A chapbook-length poem I have been working on, The Mourners Forget Which Funeral They’re At, was selected as a finalist for Tupelo Press’ Snowbound Chapbook Prize! While I didn’t win, I’m really happy to have gotten close and am in some really impressive company. You can check out the announcement here.
The good people at Writers and Words of Baltimore were nice enough to post this short interview with me. I was scheduled to be their April reader, but obviously those plans kind of fell apart as the world fell apart.
Kyle Marler of Flatsitter, an AV artist collective which specializes in virtual environments, was kind enough to solicit a poem from me for his P/P/E series in response to our current crisis. Please check it out! I’ll include the full text of the poem below:
The world has become
contagious with us.
The parade passing on Queen St.
paused, still. The confetti
now litter. Our president broadcasts
from his snowglobe to assert:
we will never run out of masks.
Poor pharaohs, we
wrap ourselves in toilet paper;
our servants wear surgical gloves
in this new afterlife
where everything’s remade
and more real.
My press, Black Lawrence, is offering 50% off all of their books! Including…cough…mine. But there are some many other great authors with books on this press, including fellow Midwesterner Ruth Williams‘ Flatlands. And, if you order now, I will honor my original book promotion from 2018. Purchase a copy, and post a picture of your favorite poem to Facebook, tag me, and I’ll happily post a video of me reading the poem for you!
Order your book here!
I will be reading at Penn State Harrisburg on Thursday, February 13th, at 6 pm in the Oliver LaGrone Cultural Arts Center. Free copies of my books will be available for students of the university! And, if there are leftovers, some for the community as well.
I’ll be reading in Iowa City Friday, January 31st with Amanda Auerbach, who’ll be reading from her new book What Need Have We for Such as We. This reading will be a bit of a homecoming for me. The reading starts at 7pm, but I’ll be there earlier in the cafe, having a few beers to get my nerves up. Feel free to say hello before the reading. If you’re able, RSVP to the Facebook invite here.
I am happy to read any event I can reasonably get to, depending on how much time/money I have at the moment. If you are interested in setting up a reading, please reach out to me at matthew.mcbride[at]wilson.edu.