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from the ideograms
by matthew rohrer

this is the fourth book in the bear parade series.

matthew rohrer is the author of four books of poems: A HUMMOCK IN THE MALOOKAS, which won the 1994 national poetry series and was chosen by publishers weekly as a "best book of the year" for 1995; SATELLITE; A GREEN LIGHT (which was shortlisted for the 2005 griffin prize); and NICE HAT. THANKS, which was written collaboratively with joshua beckman. an audio CD, ADVENTUERS WHILE PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF BEAUTY, collects some of their live, improvised collaborative poems from their extensive tour to support the book. matthew rohrer's poems have appeared in many journals here and overseas, and have been widely anthologized.

more of matthew:

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this is all very convincing.

- claybanes / June 6, 2006 4:04 PM

have been a fan of mr rohrer's poetry for as long as i've been writing poetry. the announcment email was the best breakfast ever!

- katy / June 7, 2006 8:46 AM

These are poems full of sounds and silence. A sort of meditation on languor. It's as if Tao Lin crafted all the line breaks, or like Rohrer was doing a Tao Lin impersonation. Either way, it passed the time like a soft clock.

- Kevin Sampsell / June 7, 2006 10:59 AM

kevin, you forgot to blurb the rest of us




- tao / June 7, 2006 3:51 PM

This is the best poetry I've read all spring!

- Renee / June 9, 2006 11:35 AM

Dug this quickie. Might check out this guy's other books. This was my favorite:

"But the river is only temporary.
The waterfall acts like a magnet
for law-breakers. "


- P. H. Madore / June 10, 2006 11:53 PM

what do you like about those lies from that poem? can you explain? just wondering how to read it.

- anonymous / July 10, 2006 1:15 PM

these poems are ok. they have some excellent moments. and i think rorer is into moments from the bit i've read of him before this. i like the witch line, but alot of it feels kinda thin.

i like the publishing move away from that single voice that seems to permeate all the other work from this colorful emerging press.... but kevin sampsell, seriously, you have some reading to do before you even begin to come anywhere close to making comparisons, which all together seem like bad news. rediculous and even kind a rude i'd say.
despite what anyone says i still adore Zidan.

Ellie in Philly

- anonymous / July 10, 2006 10:05 PM

This is really quite surprising and good and amazing. I want more.

- Rebecca Loudon / July 11, 2006 6:03 PM

Thanks, Matthew, I really enjoyed these ten-will be looking for more. Hungry now.

- Mike / February 26, 2008 7:02 AM

You are reading tonight.
Don't forget.

- Jarmel Davis / November 21, 2008 11:37 AM

"but the greatest work of art would be /
to drive everywhere without maps." indeeeed. sweet poems!

- brad / April 19, 2009 12:38 PM