A Green Light by Matthew Rohrer

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Matthew Rohrer’s simple, hilarious, generous and strangely disquieting poems conjure versions of the most familiar aspects of our lives—friendship, marriage, childhood, work—into which intrude incongruous, peculiar, fantastical, yet somehow totally recognizable elements. Over and over these poems leave us convinced that we’ve learned something very important and mysterious, yet we can’t say exactly what.


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Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Oklahoma. He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University College Dublin, and the University of Michigan, where he won the Avery Hopwood Award for poetry. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas, was a winner of the National Poetry Series and chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1995. Mary Oliver called his work "beautiful and disquieting," and Harvard Review notes that his poems are "everywhere marked by freshness and originality." He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered - The Book Show, and is a poetry editor of Fence.
Published May 1, 2004 by Wave Books. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Rohrer won the National Poetry Series 10 years ago with A Hummock in the Malookas ;

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Rohrer resolves this doubt by giving us A Green Light, his meditation on a life rightly lived within the confines of a human world terribly out of whack, a world in which "[t]he nightmare of materialism" has become an inescapable fact.

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