, May 26, 2013
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In his second collection, If You're Lucky is a Theory of Mine, Matt Mauch's poetry occupies the territory where the familiar meets the surreal, illuminated by strong imagery and a voice both familiar and deft. The collection's sections are based on quotations from a research subject in the 1950's who was participating in a study of how LSD affected humans.
From declarations that encourage rumination, such as "Realizing your potential is controlled by a switch on the wall/It's a standard on/off switch" ("from the owner's manual") to elegant descriptions like "Smoke, I'm sure,/is what the moon is made of,/rising and gathering/there like we do/in the body." (It's a planet, we've an age"), Mauch's poems both delight and challenge the reader to reconsider the idea of chance, luck, and happenstance.