Twin brothers from the Lents neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, Matthew & Michael Dickman have each recently published first books and 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.
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.
MATTHEW 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. With what Franz Wright calls “the utmost gravity as well as a kind of cosmic wit,” 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.