Poetry. Can identity be pliant and penetrable? Can the speech act be one of attention over intention, can play and fluidity open onto an ethic? THIS ISA NICE NEIGHBORHOOD, Farid Matuk's first full-length collection, says yes. Yes to the rejection of any opposition between politics and aesthetics, between rhetoric and poetics. Yes to vulnerability. Yes to a poetry willing to enact the errors, uncertainties, and tangled complexities of our political, sexual, and social lives. Testing both narrative and lyric, Matuk finds desire at the root of each, a root from which, these poems suggest, compassion and permission grow intertwined.
Author City: DALLAS, TX USA
Farid Matuk was born in Peru to a Syrian mother and Peruvian father; he has lived in the U.S. since the age of six. Matuk is the author of Is It the King? (Effing Press, 2006), THIS ISA NICE NEIGHBORHOOD (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), and MY DAUGHTER LA CHOLA (Ahsahta Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in 6X6, Barrelhouse, Boston Review, Big Bridge, and Cannibal, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in SENTENCE, Cross-Cultural Poetics, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. Matuk has published translations from Spanish in Kadar Koli, BOMBAY GIN, Translation Review, and Harvard Review. Currently he serves as poetry editor for FENCE. The reciplient of Ford and Fulbright Fellowships, Matuk holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. He lives in Dallas with the poet Susan Briante.
Reviews and Other Links
C. J. Opperthauser @ NewPages
Honorable Mention 2011 Arab American Book Award in Poetry
Review at SHAWN KEMP CARWASH
featured New American Poet @ Poetry Society of America