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

3.91 avg rating — 1,100 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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Why Poetry

4.21 avg rating — 841 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
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The Pajamaist

3.92 avg rating — 323 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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Sun Bear

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 189 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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American Linden

4.19 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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Father's Day

4.19 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2019 — 2 editions
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The Season of Poetry

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Nothing is Hidden

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The Odyssey (Floating Wolf ...

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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

“This poetry - the language stretching out to almost grasp what feels like an unstated truth, in ways one cannot paraphrase without doing reductive violence to the thinking - is also a kind of association, a leap in language across the void between what we think everyday and what we sense, in a deeper way, to be true.”
Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry

“A poet can take one word - maybe an abstraction, like love or fear or happiness, or an object, something concrete, like a flower or mountain or book - that feels for some reason full of potential energy, unexpressed meaning. The poet then gives herself the space and time and, most important, the freedom from any doctrine to try to allow her mind to leap, for no discernible reason, to another word. then she searches for a way to connect the two. Quite often it doesn't work - there is nothing there. Maybe she tries again, maybe many more times. Sometimes one element will change, or both. Eventually something clicks, an electrical connection is made, a way is found to connect the two things, and the poem begins.”
Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry

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