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A Green Light

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  151 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Matthew Rohrer’s simple, hilarious, generous and strangely disquieting poems conjure versions of the most familiar aspects of our lives—friendship, marriage, childhood, work—into which intrude incongruous, peculiar, fantastical, yet somehow totally recognizable elements. Over and over these poems leave us convinced that we’ve learned something very important and mysterious ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Wave Books
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Jan 17, 2008 Jacob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Matt Rohrer
Fantastic. Amazing. Just too good. Oh my god. It's like a mouthful of donut, sweet, fatty, and really good at two in the morning when you're walking over to your girlfriend's house from a bar in the Mission and you think that a donut would be really good right about now, but you actually don't buy a donut, you buy a bacon wrapped hotdog, and that's what this book does to you. It screws with your desires. It fills you in on the profound loneliness of human experience. I love Matthew Rohrer. This ...more
Dec 15, 2007 W.B. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
It's nice but as soon as I started reading it I thought "Nice James Tate touches" and then I turned to the back of the book where James Tate is saying in a blurb "nice james tate touches" basically...with a bit of Salamun thrown in...and then there's Salamun blurbing also....there are some really nice poems in here....there is a sort of staginess in some of the poems, though, and I really didn't like the second section of the book "MK Ultra" where phrases are recycled throughout poems in a loose ...more
became aware of an excited feeling at the end of each page of this book where i would pick up my iphone and start to take a picture of what i had just read to share it with people on the internet. at some point i realized that people on the internet would maybe not appreciate iphone photos of every page of this book but i still wanted everyone to read the whole thing so i am writing this review.
Dec 08, 2013 Tao rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ben Lerner, Michael Earl Craig
Eric T. Voigt Voigt
If you're a fan of poetry and someone finds that out and they start in with the "fuckin' pussy!" and "book worm wimp-hole!" and "intelligensia naziboy/nazigirl" and you've read Matthew Rohrer: you can whip out the Rohrer-card and play it and your attacker will have to back the hell up and reconsider everything they were calling you and realize you are reading a total badass of the written word and have to agree with you that poetry is SICK and that Rohrer is very very cool and that you have amaz ...more
Aaron Miller
This is an interview Tao Lin conducted with Matthew Rohrer in 2005; I would recommend reading this book and that interview
Trey Harris
I asked Tao Lin in the comments section of a post on HTMLGiant what book by Matt Rohrer he would recommend. He said A Green Light. It was a very good recommendation.
Aug 16, 2007 Jack rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who have brains that like fun.
Shelves: poetry
This is a very good book of poetry. A very good poet recommended it to me. His name is Tao Lin. Tao Lin loves this book, and now I love it, too.
New things rise up from it all the time
Jan 21, 2008 Truong added it
for matt rohrer who is a genius for the fact that he purchased a stolen bicycle from a kid in the mission he walked it home and proceeded to post this stolen bicycle on craigslist under the heading of lost and found eventually the bicycle found its way back to its owner who offered to buy him a beer at the pub as reward he politely answered no thank you matt rohrer does not drink he makes a mean vietnamese tofu barbeque sandwich and admits to surfing the internet for the occasional porn in some ...more
I don't really get it. Everything everyone told me about this made me think I would love it. The language he uses isn't particularly appealing to me, and I don't think I really ever felt like I got pulled into any of the poems at all. There were so many lines that I just really really disliked and none that I was crazy about. I guess the big problem is that this was recommended to me as being "like Zachary Schomburg's poetry but better" and I'm not sure if there's anything I like better than Zac ...more
This is what got me into poetry. I hear all too often the assertion that poet's are returning the meaning to language. Hog wash. I write and read poetry like a schizophrenic chinchilla and I can honestly say that in their little insular communities they may be reinvigorating language, but if the rest of the world has no idea what they're doing then they might as well be playing with themselves in the downtown bus station bathroom. Tell me stories, like Mr. Rohrer, or give me people, like Mr. Roh ...more
This book is a great read!
3 2/3 stars... excerpt from "Hone Quarry" from A Green Light by Matthew Rohrer:

At night, lying on warm rocks
I hear whippoorwills answer
each other. Their timing is
sexual. I'm too stupid
to realize it's lonely, it's
an echo. I am in love
with the way I see the world.
But I am all alone there.

I love a lot of the poetry of Matthew Rohrer. This one was not my favourite. It is ok. Worth reading of course. But I liked Destroyer and Preserver much much more. Maybe I will come back to it and find I like A Green Light a lot more in a year or two. Hm . .
I didn't like this as much as I liked Rise Up. I will have to revisit this. It might have just been a mood I was in then thing. Rohrer is still amazing though.
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Matthew Rohrer is the author of Destroyer and Preserver (forthcoming from Wave Books in 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), ...more
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“Recently I've been dreaming
of cursing old people
with little provocation,
because their culture
has a long history of enslaving,
raping, and segregating,
and they have special lights
which prevent us from dancing.”
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