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Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan is the author of the collection of essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity University Press 2016) as well as two collections of poetry – Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and Rapture & the Big Bam (Tupelo Press, 2017). He is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Creative Capital Grant, an NEA Fellowship, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. He’s currently writing a book about American gun culture, and collaborating on the chamber opera Inheritance about the life of Sarah Winchester.

Summer 2011

Dew Point

By Matt Donovan

Acres of morning-drenched hydrangea; a snow leopard spooning the snowy lamb beneath a willow’s blotchy shade; adder-mouth orchids the bullfinch hoards never peck—no matter what precisely they’re leaving behind, what […]

Winter 2007

Audubon Diptych

By Matt Donovan

I. Wherein the Swallows Instruct Us on Pleasure Because they daubed with poppy sap the stricken eyes of their young & because each thin body, it was believed, contained a […]