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Moth Moon

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ISBN-13: 978-1935402541
ISBN-10: 1935402544
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About the Author

Matt Jasper was born in Manhattan in 1966. A frequent contributor to Rollerderby and Grand Street in the 90s, he went on to have many children and start a poorly-posed-taxidermy-and-bad-yard-sale-art-themed restaurant called the Friendly Toast. He collects schizophrenic autobiographies and makes lists of poet enemies in Farmington, New Hampshire. He is currently working on a book-length poem entitled Obolus.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 81 pages
  • Publisher: BlazeVOX Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935402544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935402541
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,467,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a poet, it is a rare thing for me to write a review of a "competitor" who had also studied with US Poet Laureate, Charles Simic, at the University of New Hampshire. I am both pleased and jealous to say that Matt Jasper has written a really incredible book. The book is so good that I am upset that I couldn't write that book. Simply put : Moth Moon by Matt Jasper is one of the best poetry books I have read in a long time. Jasper's poetry is rich with evocative, thought provoking images yet his presentation is peculiarly simple and so matter of fact. Matt Jasper is a poet without pretensions: Every poem is an adventure (of epic Ferris Buehler Day Off proportions) and for that very reason, I find this book magical as if the poems themselves truly take flight. Once you start reading, you have no idea where the poems are going and that is what makes them so wonderfully mysterious. At times, they break your heart and at times they make you laugh and you are not sure how you are supposed to be feeling. It is with this poetic fearlessness/recklessness that he helps us find the strange in the ordinary though it is a scary thing for so many of us at times. More poets need to do that instead of writing the usual academic vomit. I had pretty much given up on poetry because of the stagnant nature of the poetry establishment. It is my hope that Matt Jasper's work can inspire the establishment (which I suspect it will). Moth Moon is essential reading: right up there next to James Tate's The Lost Pilot, the early works of Charles Simic and Franz Wright. I have a hard time breaking away from the book after I've read it: beautiful unexpected personal poems that resonate as well as an interesting artistic cover that reflects the mysterious staccato musicality of the words and haunting images themselves.Read more ›
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Moth Moon claims to "investigate the obvious" while subtly revealing the scorpions under the stones of household events. The poems appear to be written in a series of fits because they are filled with the sort of cringe-inducing observations one erases from a letter or diary so as not to make the reader uncomfortable. His voice has the shocking honesty of zealots, drunks, or loons. A second read reveals carefully crafted allusions, meticulously chosen language, attention to form, and a thread of themes spanning family, loss, madness, and belief. Very little is idealized, but almost everything is lushly considered.

In "Proposal For A Third Wife" he tells his beloved that he will flatter and compliment her into a kind of domestic bondage: "I'd mold casings and pour/a compliment of cement over your feet/Then you'd need me/To help you walk inside. I'd show/You floors to clean,/special slippers to wear/Over your cement blocks so/They wouldn't scratch the finish. As the potential finance clunks through the house she passes pictures of other wives and poses for her own portrait. "Be sure to warmly greet the children/who fly past when they hear the familiar thunder/Of blocked feet ascending./Forgive them,/Yet they've heard the noises you'll make."

Matt Jasper writes, "the road to hell is paved with ordinary asphalt" and slows his pace just enough so he can escort you down that street tottering on your own cement block shoes.
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Thank you so much, Matt, for the gift of your book, Moth Moon. My reading of it has been interrupted 100 times in the last month, which has had a very good effect: it is every bit as good as I thought it was every time I've returned to it. This is an excellent book. First of all, you're tremendously skilled as a poet. There are amazing turns of craft everywhere. But what I appreciate most is that you are absolutely fearless when it comes to subject matter and vocabulary. This is our time in our language. I am convinced, in my heart of hearts, that poets are like locust-and-honey eating prophets. The are required to go into the most difficult or complicated of desert places and report to one and all on returning from those places. It's only the readers/hearers who have the prerogative to ignore them, or pretend they don't exist. We are required, forced really, to do this. It is a fire in their bones. Thank you so much, Matt, both for the gift of your book, for accepting your terrible responsibility as a poet and acting on it.
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Taken all together, this book is like a fractured story of a life with the usual and the unusual joys and sorrows, and efforts to hold on to love. Taken individually, the poems are gorgeous, heartbreaking, pleasingly strange without being stand-offish or too cool for their own good. In their crafted language, syntax, and thought, they are mesmerizingly balanced between surprising imagination and familiarity of emotion. I dogeared practically every page. Best poetry book I've read in a long time. It will transport you both inward and outward. (NOTE: I'm really Alice Fogel.)
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By julie on February 6, 2011
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Matt sent me one of these over a year ago and asked me to read it. I lost track of it. Then he sent another one this week- I am really impressed. I should have read it before.
I don't read a lot of poetry but I will recommend this to everyone I know. It helps that most of the people I know have some sort of mental illness.
This book speaks to me. Or it whispers. Or is using sign language. Or it is raving. Hell, I don't know anything anymore.
Don't get this book unless you want to see what's behind the curtain. Then, dance as though no one who can have you committed is watching.
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