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Matthew Dickman lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a bread baker in a small artisan bakery. "Half of my days are covered in flour, and I can shape five baguettes in under three minutes. I grew up in Portland, in a neighborhood famous for biker gangs, malt liquor and the ferocious heroics of single mothers like mine. There was a maple tree in my front yard, and I had both my first kiss and first fight beneath it. I have always been afraid of elevators, but now I can ride them without wanting to crawl into the corner and go to sleep. My brother Michael and I once drove Allen Ginsberg around in our beat-up station wagon listening to the Beastie Boys and Mozart. My little sister Elizabeth and I once drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort on the front porch while a comet sailed by."

He describes his poems as free-associative narrative. "When I write I think of the process as colorful building blocks. I begin with one small idea or word and build off of it, while never really knowing what it is I'm building. There are issues at heart in each of these poems which are very important to me, issues of loss, the single self and our own singularity even as we are surrounded by others—the complications of everyday life, love, death, all those things which writers are obsessed with but pretend they are not. There is a harsh but sweet complexity in all of our lives, and I hope that in their best moments these poems deal with that."

Dickman's work has been published in Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rhino,Agni: online and www.fishousepoems.org, among others. He has received fellowships and/or residencies from Oregon Literary Arts, the Michener center for Writers in Austin, Texas, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Fine Arts Work Center, where these poems were written.

Matthew Dickman

Dickman’s work has been published in Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rhino, Agni: online and www.fishousepoems.org, among others. He has received fellowships and/or residencies from Oregon Literary Arts, the Michener center for Writers in Austin, Texas, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Fine Arts Work Center, where these poems were written.

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ISSN
1548-9930
Print ISSN
0191-1961
Pages
p. 137
Launched on MUSE
2007-01-08
Open Access
No
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