Books

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-11-02-14-pm

Contradictions in the Design by Matthew Olzmann is now available from these booksellers:

Alice James Books
Amazon
Indiebound
Barnes & Noble

“Matthew Olzmann’s poetry is that rare thing that embraces complication while, at every turn, filling us with wonder. Contradictions in the Design incorporates “patterns among celestial bodies, the mysteries of Christ, X + Y, crossword puzzles, free will,” but also the playfulness and oddities of life that allow us to laugh hardest at ourselves.  Desire, Supervillains, Moby, and “the idea of Moby”: prepare yourself to be dazzled.”

—C. Dale Young

Contradictions in the Design is a firehouse of a book– heaven-bent and relieved toward elemental mysteries that it resists and celebrates. Telegraphing the factories of Detroit, our familiar and strange American homes, the vast Blue Ridge, Olzmann guides us toward a hard-earned gratefulness that can exist when in the presence of impossible questions. We are not given easy answers but lucid and heartbreaking portraits of a brave conscientiousness. Olzmann is the one to watch.”

—Sarah Gambito

 

MezzaninesFrontCover copy

Mezzanines by Matthew Olzmann is now available from these booksellers:

Alice James Books
Indiebound
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

 

“Olzmann’s masterful debut heralds the arrival of a delightful and daring poetry that scorches and coils its way through galaxies, strip malls, and the intricacies of the human body. With a wickedly delightful wisdom at its core, Mezzanines practices the most graceful kind of alchemy—its greatest strength is how it turns tiny heartbreaks into a bright and satisfying beauty.”

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil


“Olzmann has an outsider’s wit and a boarder crosser’s slick vision. From seam, threshold, and cut, these poems navigate the galactic and the aquatic, the immediate and the imaginary, the reasonable and the American. He’s amused by his own bewilderment. What’s more, he manages to never abandon love. Olzmann’s skilled play, terrific ear, and immense heart make
Mezzanines a must-read.”

—Pat Rosal


“With
Mezzanines Matthew Olzmann has given us a vibrant new poetry, as soulful as it is funny. Sci-fi and snake charms, love poems, ship wrecks, and a dash of artful self-parody—the materials of his narratives come from all over the cosmos to find, in this wonderful poet’s hands, a shape crackling with power that’s connective, convincing, and true.”

—David Baker

Advertisements