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Every Possible Blue, Poems by Matthew Thorburn

The poems of Matthew Thorburn's Every Possible Blue are powerful and delicate riffs, hitting multiple emotional shades in their sculpted lines.

Sample Poems by Matthew Thorburn

"A love song to New York City and to painting, Every Possible Blue doesn't choose between life and art because Matthew Thorburn's wise enough to know that the art of life is a life in art. In his exuberant new collection, Thorburn never lets you forget that words are his medium, as he stops to reflect on the hurt in 'wound up,' when thinking about the fate of a gift after a divorce, and as later on he can be grateful for the pain that is 'only bread.' Here's what a poetry of happiness can sound like, in poems as 'touched / by light' as Bonnard's paintings, about which he writes. Every Possible Blue is a joy to read." --Sharon Dolin

"Whether clean shaven and erudite or broken and besotted, Matthew Thorburn's poems are always luminous, lush and spirited. Their depth brings to mind Jarrell, their playfulness, Stevens. What a rich spectrum of experience, craft and sheer linguistic fun Every Possible Blue provides!" --Kathy Fagan

Matthew Thorburn is the author of two other books of poems, Subject to Change and This Time Tomorrow, and a chapbook, Disappears in the Rain. He is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, as well as the Mississippi Review Prize and fellowships from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Poetry Northwest and he has contributed essays and book reviews to Jacket, Pleiades, Rowboat: Poetry in Translation and other journals. He lives in New York City, where he works on the business staff of an international law firm.

ISBN 978-1936370726, 80 pages, $18.00

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