“Matson’s specialty is writing about strangers: a woman selling flowers on a railroad platform, a toddler whose destitute father swats her in a bus station, a heavyset Italian boy playing ball. The shadowy figures who inhabit these poems are as unfamiliar to the speaker as they are to the reader, but the poet’s deft eye catches them midstride at the moment of decision, resulting in poems that are wholly accessible. . . . The overall impression is one of intimacy, poet and reader taking a long, hard look, as if the Other were a constant mirror.” —Publisher’s Weekly
Suzanne gives an overview of the book:
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Suzanne Matson now lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons and teaches creative writing and literature at Boston College. She received a BA in English from Portland State University in 1981, an MA in...