Today's poem is "Hokkaido Photo"
from Every Possible Blue

CW Books

Matthew Thorburn is the author of two other books of poems, Subject to Change and This Time Tomorrow, and a chapbook, Disappears in the Rain. He is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, as well as the Mississippi Review Prize and fellowships from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Poetry Northwest and he has contributed essays and book reviews to Jacket, Pleiades, Rowboat: Poetry in Translation and other journals. He lives in New York City, where he works on the business staff of an international law firm.

Other poems by Matthew Thorburn in Verse Daily:
February 20, 2008:   "Driving Out to Innisfree" "Naturally we zipped right by...."
March 27, 2006:   "Horse Poetica" " The one I rode in on. That mud-colored nag...."

Books by Matthew Thorburn:

Other poems on the web by Matthew Thorburn:
Five poems
Two poems
Two poems
Five poems
"Homage to Tom Andrews"
"The Trick with the Stick"
Three poems

Matthew Thorburn's Website.

Matthew Thorburn According to Wikipedia.

About Every Possible Blue:

"A love song to New York City and to painting, Every Possible Blue doesn't choose between life and art because Matthew Thorburn's wise enough to know that the art of life is a life in art. In his exuberant new collection, Thorburn never lets you forget that words are his medium, as he stops to reflect on the hurt in 'wound up,' when thinking about the fate of a gift after a divorce, and as later on he can be grateful for the pain that is 'only bread.' Here's what a poetry of happiness can sound like, in poems as 'touched / by light' as Bonnard's paintings, about which he writes. Every Possible Blue is a joy to read."
—Sharon Dolin

"Whether clean shaven and erudite or broken and besotted, Matthew Thorburn's poems are always luminous, lush and spirited. Their depth brings to mind Jarrell, their playfulness, Stevens. What a rich spectrum of experience, craft and sheer linguistic fun Every Possible Blue provides!"
—Kathy Fagan

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