Matt Rader | Living Things | Gazelle Books

Written in the year after the birth of Matt Rader’s first daughter, “Living Things” honestly introduces the contradictions of the modern world: “how what we see in daylight is less than whole / and also more so”. Using words in lieu of sonar, these poems bounce off the ecology of “shabby saturated grasses” and “panther-eyed armies salal” and locate both author and reader within a literary geneology, Matt Rader’s poetry brings subtle slowness to a chaotic, fast-paced environment. It is both celebration and documentation of this world and its relationship to all living things. Continue reading