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Clive gives an overview of the book:

Matson's work is powerful and tender. He has a clarity which is deceptive: the seeming simplicity that comes from a thoughtful and complex technique. The poems speak direct to the heart. Diane DiPrima, author and poet. Remarkable! How rare poems like these are. How important..open and delicate. Robert Bly, author and poet.
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Matson's work is powerful and tender. He has a clarity which is deceptive: the seeming simplicity that comes from a thoughtful and complex technique. The poems speak direct to the heart. Diane DiPrima, author and poet.

Remarkable! How rare poems like these are. How important..open and delicate. Robert Bly, author and poet.

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Star Spawned

Kiss me with lips round as the cratered moon
and hotter than the sun going down.
It will spill dawn across the sky soon:
the sun's changing and dying as we are, and at death
its older cousins spawned most of our atoms.

But when these molecules smear into the cosmic depth
we won't be here to feel, or to understand,
so let us feel this moment with our hands.
Let me feel your skin with mine.

Let's fill this star-trapped time
with love's play, dream the curves of flesh
are warped space near black holes, sprays of moles
the maps of constellations where so much began.

Let's spend this star-born time making love.
Pelvis, throw a boned and furry shove
at mine while your eyes roll up
and mine go splayed. Slanted sight
can witness better the horny dance

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About Clive

"Penetrating curiosity" is what his elementary school teacher saw in Clive Matson. Writing a poem about the wind -- in Southern California hills behind the avocado ranch where he grew up -- and reading the first page of Joyce's Portrait of an Artist ...

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Published Reviews

Jan.29.2008

"Anyone who's had the creativity beaten out of them at some point in our society's educational system - which may mean all of you - would do well to check out Oakland poet Clive Matson's creative...