Wonderland

Poems

Matthew Dickman (Author)

 

Luminous and hypnotic, this dynamic new collection explores the dark edges of childhood, violence, race, class, and masculinity.

Award-winning poet Matthew Dickman returns with poems that engage with his own childhood in southeast Portland white neighborhood, suffusing them with ghosts of longing, shame, and vulnerability. In the 1980s, parents are out of control and children are in chaos. Wonderland reminds us that, while these neighborhoods are home to guns, skateboards, fights, booze, and heroin, and filled with punk rockers, skinheads, poor kids, and single moms, they are also places of innocence and love.

FROM “ASTRONAUT”

Is it like when Michael was fourteen and walked into the Checker’s Mart

on 92nd Avenue with a gun under his white t- shirt? His long legs

spacewalking between the aisles, all the different

colors of candy and car oil, moving through

the gravity like ice water. Is it like that?

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming March 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-63406-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 96 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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