Matthew Rohrer is the author of (Wave Books, 2020), The Sky Contains the Plans (Wave Books, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 Believer Book Award, The Others (Wave Books, 2015), Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2011), Destroyer and Preserver A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), (Wave Books, 2007) and Rise Up (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of A Green Light (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Satellite (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Nice Hat. Thanks. . He has appeared on NPR’s Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at NYU.
Reviews Even through the clamor of war, garbage trucks, stolen cars, and crying babies, Rohrer maintains an alluring tranquility, a Taoist chill to temper a casualness that might otherwise get flagged as too hip. Li Po and Rumi drink jugs of wine, “Wu Wei" presides calmly over the lovely closing poem that takes his name, and clouds drift from one poem to the next. —Michael Brodeur, The Boston Globe Rohrer’s frequently beautiful, brief poems are rooted in specific images that initially seem unrelated—but which ultimately form a unity as meditations on how the ordinary distractions of everyday life can be seen as the source for almost everything important in life. —Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly Rohrer writes poems that crackle and sputter, often branching toward new meaning and emotion within the span of a single line. — Publishers Weekly Reviews of books by Matthew Rohrer The Sky Contains the Plans (forthcoming) The Others Surrounded by Friends Destroyer and Preserver Rise Up A Green Light Satellite
Poems - Two Poems (in The Offing) - “The Sun Goes Down on the City of Light” (in T Magazine) - “There Is Absolutely Nothing Lonelier” (in The New York Times) - “After Catullus” (on Poets.org) - “Poem for Starlings” (in The Morning News) - “[Do you get any reception here?]” (in The The Poetry) - “The Emperor” (on Poets.org) - “Pavilion of Leaves” (on Poets.org) - “Enough with Abstraction” (in La Petite Zine) - “Epithalamium” (in Poetrying) - “From Mars” (in Verse Daily) - “The Terrorists” (in paperbag) - Three poems (in Loaded Bicycle) - A selection of poems (at The Poetry Foundation) Interviews - , with Willis Plummer The Creative Independent - , with Kristina Marie Darling Best American Poetry Blog - , with Andrew James Weatherhead Andrew-vs-Books - , with Ruth Tobias Bookslut - , with Susie Deford BOMBlog - Matthew Rohrer and Anthony McCann interview each other at Studio One - , with The Believer Rachel Zucker and Wayne Koestenbaum - , with Ben Niespodziany Neon Pajamas Articles - On Electric Light Orchestra On collaborations with Joshua Beckman - Jordan Davis, The Village Voice - Nina MacLaughin, The Boston Pheonix - Interview with Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer in Painted Bride Quarterly - Three collaborative poems (in Octopus)
Audio - Summer Poem - Reading for Machine Project's Mystery Theater Poetry Archives: (br /> -Matthew Rohrer reads five poems from for Surrounded by Friends Poets & Writers - Matthew Rohrer’s page on PennSound - Readings at the Knox Writers' House - Matthew Rohrer reads “Poem Written With Basho” for PBS NewsHour - Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman’s collaborative reading at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Spring 2010 - A discussion of Rohrer’s poems, the imagination, and the Superbowl at The Poetry Foundation - The editors of Poetry magazine discuss Rohrer's “ Poem Written with Bashō” at The Poetry Foundation - An interview with Matthew Rohrer about , for the Surrounded by Friends KMSU Weekly Reader - An interview with Matthew Rohrer about , for Rachel Zucker’s blog Surrounded by Friends Commonplace Video Reading at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop: Opening the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize Awards: Collage Hour from A Green Light (Wave Books, 2004): VIDEO