Poets & Brothers Matthew & Michael Dickman

The twins from the Lents neighborhood of Portland, Oregon have each published first books of poetry, and read. Stoddard Hall.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
7:30 pm   Poetry Reading
Stoddard Hall Auditorium

The brothers have been profiled in Poets & Writers and The New Yorker. Both have received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, the Vermont Studio Centers, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

For more information, please consult the news release on the Smith College website or the Smith College Poetry Center website for Matthew Dickman or Michael Dickman.

Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

Matthew Dickman’s All-American Poem was chosen by Tony Hoagland to win the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Pop culture and sacred longing go hand in hand in poems that deal with skinheads, parties, campus vending machines, biker gangs, suicides, and girls with tattoos—the background is a downbeat America, but the style looks back to the singing free verse of Walt Whitman and Frank O’Hara.

Michael Dickman’s The End of the West breathes in the world—delight, cruelty, boredom, and grief—and breathes out a prayer that holds both grace and suffering. The poems flit and play and question, depicting spiritual longing, drug abuse, gritty neighborhoods, and unfailingly complicated human relationships. Michael is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

Internet Resources

Website Access
Seattle PI Books - Feb. 2, 2009 Portland twins Matthew and Michael Dickman are making their mark in the poetry world
From the Fishouse: an audio archive of emerging poets Poems read by Michael Dickman
Poems read by Matthew Dickman
The New Yorker We Did Not Make Ourselves - poem by Michael Dickman
Seeing Whales - poem by Michael Dickman
Grief - poem by Mathew Dickman
Trouble - poem by Mathew Dickman
Oregonlive.com (video of poetry readings) Video of Michael Dickman reading poetry
Video of Matthew Dickman reading poetry
Poetry Foundation - Oct. 2009 From Thought to Sneakered Feet: the weirdly elegaic in Michael Dickman's The End of the West
Boston Review - Nov./Dec. 2007 Poet's Sampler - review of poems by Matthew Dickman


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