Monday, April 23, 2018

English Poet Matt Duggan in U.S. to Read from One Million Tiny Cuts

The cover of Matt Duggan's One Million Tiny Cuts.

Readers in Boston and New York are advised to circle their calendars for April 25, 29-30 as English poet Matt Duggan will be reading from his latest volume of poetry — One Million Tiny Cuts.

The reading engagements kick off in Boston as part of the Cambridge Public Library Poetry Series on April 25. On April 29, Matt will be reading from One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Songbirds Publishing House) at the Parkside Inn in New York. The following day on the 30th, Matt will be featured alongside fellow poets Peter V. Dugan and George Wallace at Sip This in Valley Stream, New York.

With April being National Poetry Month this is an ideal time to print out Matt's poem, Ithaki and place in your pocket for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26.


Ithaki

I.

Trojan bronze and coin embedded in Ionian turquoise blue;
where metal black crows span above a man spraying spittle
over weaved baskets in strips of long bamboo — skinned.
I suckled on Tzatziki and lamb Kleftiko
consumed a carafe of Grecian wine;
saw the stars of Ithaca dance with mountain songs
bells chimed like the after-dinner shrill from deranged sirens.
Gazed like the God’s at amber and crystal blue boxes
jarred along a shark bitten tail shaped bay
prickled fruit — decaying pomegranate
peeling red flesh inside the opened draining of day.
I travelled on the navy blue albatross
wooden fin splicing through Hellenic water; Triangles in translucent green
reflections from the feverish and mad
the faces of those who had come before me.

II.

Half sunken Byzantium shaped ships
moulded into yellow cliff — Crescendo of beach crickets surfing
on the sound buckles of Poseidon wrists,
I swam in the strong currents — mangled in storms
Tumbling through rotten ship masts
lined with dead pine trees; My lungs filled with salt
while white snappers nibbled at my blue flesh,
my limp body awakened and dragged to the surface of a unfamiliar sea.
A beautiful woman with olive skin and tarantula coloured hair held me
I peered down into the depths of clear ocean,
noticing she had dolphin heads as human feet
her complexion and breasts as smooth as soft whale skin;
In an ancient tongue she pointed to the rise of sun
a pink centre of valley — shining marble from the caves of the nymph;
as I swam closer I saw the chipped face of Odyssey shaped in the marbled mountain
in green cypress print — Inside the cave Penelope weaved her twenty first shroud.


— Matt Duggan


Matt Duggan is a U.K based poet who lives in Bristol. Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 with his first full volume of poems, Dystopia 38.10 (erbacce-press). He also won the Into the Void Poetry Prize in 2016 for his poem Elegy for Magdalene. In 2017 his poem Black Swan of Barashevo was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and in 2018 Matt was highly commended and runner up in the Road to Clevedon Pier Anthology Competition with his poem Walking with Coleridge in Clevedon.

As MJ Duggan, Matt's poems Wonderland and Laugharne have been featured within the pages of Bar None Group. We are happy to promote his visit to this side of the pond to read from One Million Tiny Cuts. Ithaki appears here with Matt's permission.

Matt will also read in Philadelphia at the beginning of May for the launch of another volume of poetry, A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House).