Matthew Zapruder


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MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry. His poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Believer. An associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA program and English department, he is also editor at large at Wave Books and, from 2016 to 2017, was the editor of the poetry page of the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and son.

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Come on All You Ghosts

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Why Poetry

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The Pajamaist

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Sun Bear

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American Linden

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Nothing is Hidden

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Matthew Zapruder

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“I see sad crushed plastic
everywhere and put
some thoughts composed
of words that do not
belong together
together and feel
a little digital hope.”
Matthew Zapruder, Come on All You Ghosts

“The way the mind is moving-associatively-is what the poem is "about". It could be said its "how" (form) is its "what" (content). By moving associatively, from subject to subject, the poem is asserting something about the fundamental nature of the world, and about the relations among things, relations we might not consciously perceive in our everyday lives. To create a place where our minds can experience this movement is, as much as any ideas that are expressed, the purpose of the poem.”
Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry

“When looking at poetry more generally, we can see that his "arc of association which corresponds to the inner life of the objects" is a subset of a general principle of associative moment. Leaping or association in a poem is just as likely to be formal: rhyme, metaphor, quick unexpected movements in a narrative, the juxtaposition of images, and contradiction are all forms of association.”
Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry

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