“There is a splendid intercourse between the dream and the conscious life in Matthew Guenette’s poetry, a constant mental eventfulness that never rests, never surrenders to the old, dried up poeticisms or the stereotypes,” says Rodney Jones about Matthew Guenette‘s poetry in Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008).
Guenette returns to his hometown of Newport to the Richards Free Library on Tuesday, March 6 to read from his latest book of poetry, American Busboy. The program starts at 7 pm and is open to all free of charge.
Richards Free Library is located at 58 North Main Street in Newport, New Hampshire.
A 1990 graduate of Newport Middle High School, Guenette attended UNH where he studied with Hale Award winner Charles Simic.
He now lives in Wisconsin and teaches at Madison Area Technical College.
Sudden Anthem won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Award. His latest collection American Busboy was published by University of Akron Press in 2011.
With no apologies and with no mercy, but with an electrifying degree of lyric energy, Matthew Guenette brings the mindset of a stifled serving class to life in American Busboy. In this book’s world, “the restaurant /never asked you to /imagine imaginary /things like the brittle / bones of onion rings.” ….Using irreverent humor, clever lineation, formal invention, and alliteration worthy of Chaucer, American Busboy cuts to the front of the line for the attention of any lover of fresh, funny—yet movingly vulnerable—contemporary poetry. —Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox
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