Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Poem on Flirting or a Poem on Death? I Vote for Death - Matthew Dickman

Thanks to January O'Neil's Poet Mom for this video of Matthew Dickman's poem "Slow Dance" from All American Poem. I discovered something pretty cool in trying to copy this to my blog. I opened three different windows that had Matt reading this poem three different times so that he was essentially doing a round with himself. The stress of the rhythms and pauses was more pronounced and having heard it once in the "solo" version, I liked it even more with the voiceover stereo +1. In any case, it's a beautiful poem --. "Like an over-sexed chandelier" is a line I don't think I'll forget.


  1. This is one of my fav poems in All-American Poem. Thx for sharing, Susan. It is an incredible poem incredibly read.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Marty! I read with Matthew at Skagit and found him funny, smart, and kind. Hearing the cadences he employs while reading make it easier for me to appreciate his work on the page.