Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. A marvelous little collaboration between two younger U.S. poets already known for their talent, energy, irreverence, lyricism, and elusive half-ironies. Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and earned his BA from Hampshire College, where he studied poetry and the art of the book. His books of poetry include SOMETHING I EXPECTED TO BE DIFFERENT (2001, Verse Press) and THINGS ARE HAPPENING (1998), which was selected by Gerald Stern to receive the first American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Award. Matthew Rohrer's A Hummock in the Malookas was selected by Mary Oliver for the 1994 National Poetry Series. He is also the author ofSATELLITE (2001, Verse Press).
Nice Hat. Thanks. is an innovative book based on the recorded improvised poetic collaborations between two award-winning poets, Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer. Nice Hat. Thanks. is a collection of transcriptions of these collaborations, with poems ranging from a few words to several pages.
About the Author
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His previous books include Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer. He lives in Seattle and New York. Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Oklahoma. He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University College Dublin, and the University of Michigan, where he won the Avery Hopwood Award for poetry. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas, was a winner of the National Poetry Series and chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1995. Mary Oliver called his work "beautiful and disquieting," and Harvard Review notes that his poems are "everywhere marked by freshness and originality." He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered - The Book Show, and is a poetry editor of Fence.