Poetry. The poems in SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS are generated by, and embrace, friendships with the living, the dead, and the inanimate. Friends, family, and the urban peoplescape are gathered together in these poems, with more and more poetic voices joining in, and ending with poems written "in collaboration" with Issa, Buson, Basho and Hafiz.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of THE SKY CONTAINS THE PLANS (Wave Books, 2020), THE OTHERS (Wave Books, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 Believer Book Award, SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS (Wave Books, 2015), DESTROYER AND PRESERVER (Wave Books, 2011), A PLATE OF CHICKEN (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), RISE UP (Wave Books, 2007), and A GREEN LIGHT (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of SATELLITE (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He has appeared on NPR's 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.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA