Today's poem is "New Sparrow, New Sorrow"
from Ordinary Sun

Black Ocean

Matthew Henriksen edits the online poetry magazine Typo and lives in the Arkansas Ozarks.

Other poems by Matthew Henriksen in Verse Daily:
May 27, 2007:   "The Walls" " I worked in a bookshop...."

Books by Matthew Henriksen:

Other poems on the web by Matthew Henriksen:
"Member Brain"
Two poems
Alien Bug Prints Its Way to Freedom
Four poems from "The Talk"
Four poems

Matthew Henriksen's Blog.

About Ordinary Sun:

"If T.S. Eliot and Gram Parsons were both dug up and placed in the same small room with just a bottle of whiskey, Fox News and a couple of angels for company, the only contemporary poet they would bother fighting over would be Matthew Henriksen, their prodigal son. What rough age has bore us, I wonder, that we so need Matthew Henriksen's cruel kind of song? If he doesn't let up, they'll probably end up naming him the poet laureate of something and staple the names of the dead to his chest."
—Tony Tost

"Could attention be a form of violence? Matt Henriksen’s speaker tests the surface of things as with a knife-blade, learning its tensile qualities, trying to do no harm. He confronts Nature’s cipher, its true face and its false face, its audible face and its ocular face, its adorned face and its blank face. This is metaphysical inquiry wherein the smallest unit opens on the largest, something on nothing, the living on the dead."
—Joyelle McSweeney

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