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Subject to Change
Matthew Thorburn



Inland Seas

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2004 • 73 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-46-3



“Wallace Stevens once said that poets must love words with all their power to love anything at all. Few first books show as much pleasure... [continued in Reviews below]”—Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

Reviews / Endorsements

“Wallace Stevens once said that poets must love words with all their power to love anything at all. Few first books show as much pleasure in words as Matthew Thorburn’s Subject to Change 'Have you ever seen a less flight-worthy lark, / such an archipelago of glum-faced rice-throwers?' Thorburn writes of a winter wedding. Influenced by Paul Muldoon, among others, Thorburn fashions original devices to depict familiar affections. In a sestina, he celebrates a more fortunate marriage, showing its couple 'happy as two blue / plate specials in a diner called Moe’s.”—Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

“Matthew Thorburn’s Subject to Change gives us a poetry of the meta-empirical, asking, ‘It’s not too late, is it?’ Exuberant and crystalline, these poems articulate the problematic beauty of our grand mix-up, our new and comic Dark Ages. The next time a student asks me, ‘What’s after Postmodernism?’ I’ll tell her, ‘Read this.’”—Angela Ball

Awards/Recognition:

New Issues Prize Selection (2003) Commendation


MATTHEW THORBURN is the author of three books of poems, This Time Tomorrow, Every Possible Blue and Subject to Change, and a chapbook, Disappears in the Rain. He is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and his work has been recognized with fellowships and prizes from the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Mississippi Review and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares and many other journals, and he has contributed essays and book reviews to journals such as Jacket, Pleiades, Poetry Daily and Rowboat: Poetry in Translation.

A native of Michigan, Matthew Thorburn has lived and worked in New York City for more than a decade.



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