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Goodnight Architecture
Gretchen Mattox



First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2002 • 73 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-21-0



“One of Mattox's most acute poetic gifts lies in her skill for figurative language: rotating dryers are compared to mandalas, a litter of opened telephone... [continued in Reviews below]”—Slope

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“One of Mattox's most acute poetic gifts lies in her skill for figurative language: rotating dryers are compared to mandalas, a litter of opened telephone books on the freeway to a flock of birds, twilight is 'as sensual as an exposed thigh.' Mattox has learned from Plath not only the gift of transforming the personal into the poetic, but also the ability to renderthe ordinary into the ecstatic. . .”—Slope

“In this delicate, beautiful, yet often heartbreaking collection, Gretchen Mattox peels back the layers of daily social convention and hardened family mythologies to reveal the viscous and resonant sorrows beneath. Whether reckoning the constellation of a broken home, the speaker’s passage to young adulthood, or the disintegration of a passionate relationship, Goodnight Architecture offers us poems of rich psychological density and unerring lyric grace.”—David St. John



GRETCHEN MATTOX has been a fellow at the Edward Albee Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo, as well as an instructor at The New School for Social Research, Antioch University, and Loyola Marymount University. She has lived in numerous places, including Denver, Provincetown, and New York City, and currently resides in Santa Monica, California. Her third poetry collection, The Flower Compass Sutras, is forthcoming.



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