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Matthea Harvey is the author of three books of poetry--Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form, and one children's book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn. ...more

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Modern Life

4.01 avg rating — 771 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Pity the Bathtub Its Forced...

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Sad Little Breathing Machine

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If the Tabloids Are True Wh...

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Cecil the Pet Glacier

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The Little General and the ...

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When Up and Down Left Town

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Du kennst das auch

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“If there is no fog on the day you come home I will build a bonfire
So the smoke will make the cedars look the way you like them”
Matthea Harvey

“Don’t fret, dreamy spinning ones
with water falling from your faces.
It’s us you’re waiting for and we’re coming.”
Matthea Harvey, If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?

“In Defense of Our Overgrown Garden"

Last night the apple trees shook and gave each lettuce a heart
Six hard red apples broke through the greenhouse glass and
Landed in the middle of those ever-so-slightly green leaves
That seem no mix of seeds and soil but of pastels and light and
Chalk x’s mark our oaks that are supposed to be cut down
I’ve seen the neighbors frown when they look over the fence
And see our espalier pear trees bowing out of shape I did like that
They looked like candelabras against the wall but what’s the sense
In swooning over pruning I said as much to Mrs. Jones and I swear
She threw her cane at me and walked off down the street without
It has always puzzled me that people coo over bonsai trees when
You can squint your eyes and shrink anything without much of
A struggle ensued with some starlings and the strawberry nets
So after untangling the two I took the nets off and watched birds
With red beaks fly by all morning at the window I reread your letter
About how the castles you flew over made crenellated shadows on
The water in the rainbarrel has overflowed and made a small swamp
I think the potatoes might turn out slightly damp don’t worry
If there is no fog on the day you come home I will build a bonfire
So the smoke will make the cedars look the way you like them
To close I’m sorry there won’t be any salad and I love you”
Matthea Harvey, Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form

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