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Moth Moon

4.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Poetry. "The Roman poet Petronius once avowed that, considered rightly, there is shipwreck everywhere. In MOTH MOON, Matt Jasper goes farther still, proving time and again that shipwreck is a treasure unto itself, a perfect emerald before and after all mishap. Here, vision is rewarded with new eyes, and I am grateful for the news"--Donald Revell. "You should appreciate his ...more
Paperback, 81 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Blazevox Books (first published 2009)
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May 27, 2010 Miriam marked it as to-read
Shelves: poetry, library-lack
I liked this one about the poet's daughter:


She sets a tea for seen and unseen guests--
Empty chairs and stuffed pets.
She pours and talks from place to place.

By way of apology to the Easter Bunny
She says, “And Grampa Widdy will be here too
When he stops being DEAD.”

She sort of sneers that last line--
Rolls her eyes and shifts her hips
As if she’s bored and seventeen.

Yes, death is a minor inconvenience
That keeps one from attending tea parties
Until by special excavation they are cordially invited
Feb 15, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The cover is a good reflection of how I felt about many of the poems inside—reflections of bits of life, yet curiously inverted in a way that makes us look at things from a new perspective. I found Photo Album heartbreaking. “The drowned boy will always be four.” Wow. That's a line that's going to haunt me. I also was impressed by Divining, Lull, and Note.
Nov 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
What happens in that fuzziness between being awake and being asleep? Yes, that does sound like some kind of tagline for a horror movie -- but it's not. It's a question used to address Matt Jasper's Moth Moon, a collection of poetry that looks through the ordinary through a surreal and almost magical lense. For instance, in the poem "Moth Moon" the poet tells of "a man who has worn away his hair/against the pillows by shaking/his head" and a "woman who suffers from Dutch elm disease/who speaks to ...more
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Dec 13, 2009 Will J rated it it was amazing
My dad wrote this book! It's a book of his poetry he's collected over the years. He's an awesome writer. You better tell him that so he doesn't go insane and kill people, then start a new colony on an island and start mass-genocide.
Dec 03, 2010 Tara rated it really liked it
Profound in many wonderful, tragic ways. I especially appreciate Jasper's poetry about his relationships. They are so raw and tender. I reread this stanza many times, from "Lull," a poem about putting his son to bed without waking him after the son has been "wailing":

I must lift you to the darker room--
set you down as gently as I used to set
half-walnut shells into a slow stream.
They would become boats if I was as careful
as I am not to let you sleep--
your voyage is winding and uncertain
as any she
Feb 12, 2010 William rated it it was amazing
There's more birds here than moths, and there are also bigger things that fly in this collection. He's got an eye and he has the ability to write with many rhythms. I did a Q & A with Matt recently at the Cousins Reading Series blog. Everything he says is interesting.
Nov 22, 2009 Nina rated it really liked it
Jasper's poetry tackles conventional boundaries and hurls them into the stratosphere. His metaphors surprise and delight. Moth Moon is a collection to read again and again, because each time you will discover something new.
Dec 10, 2009 S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2009
Very good, with strange and often funny turns. An idiot hypnotizes his wristwatch. Sunlight floods a room, and three are drowned.
Weirdly enough, my favorite was the title poem, "Moth Moon."
Nov 01, 2009 Juliet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
4 1/4 stars.
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My author picture is of my kids hanging out with singer B.J. Snowden. I wrote for Rollerderby & Grand Street in the '90s and have a busy, inefficient life that now has me trying to form thousands of pages of schizoid ranting into a novel and a second book of poems. I think I won some writing award or other while flunking out of UNH. I was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. Only loser w ...more
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