Synopses & Reviews
Equal parts punk rock and pastoral, [Rohrer has] a voice that seems unearthly in its ability to be detached and simultaneously tender.”American Poet
Approaching pleasure and terror with the same searching and determined curiosity, Rise Up traverses political, natural, and domestic landscapes with gentle agility. Beautifully crafted surfaces give way to sincere depth.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Green Light (2004, shortlisted for the Griffin Prize), Satellite, and A Hummock in the Malookas. He has appeared on NPRs All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing.
Rohrer turns wide eyes and lyric wit towards the requirements of fatherhood, citizenship, and romantic love.
Poetry. Matthew Rohrer's RISE UP turns wide eyes and lyric wit toward the requirements of fatherhood, citizenship, and romantic love. Approaching pleasure and terror with the same searching and determined curiosity, RISE UP traverses political, natural, and domestic landscapes with gentle agility. From the poem "Four Romantic Poets:" "Perpetual Halloween. / The Aztec people. / Horror and death. / A man walking down the street. / A man looking intently at a woman. / And running into a fire hydrant. / And crumpling."
About the Author
Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas (which won the 1994 National Poetry Series Open Competition), SATELLITE, A GREEN LIGHT (short-listed for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize), RISE UP, and A PLATE OF CHICKEN. With Joshua Beckman he wrote NICE HAT. THANKS. and recorded the audio CD ADVENTURES WHILE PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF BEAUTY. He's appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing, has been awarded the Avery Hopwood Prize for poetry and a Pushcart Prize, and has been widely anthologized. A chapbook-length action/adventure poem They All Seemed Asleep was published by Octopus Books in 2008. He teaches in the creative writing program at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.