poems by Matt Pasca
In his second collection, Raven Wire, Matt Pasca sets loose the ravens of thought and memory over a landscape of postmodern privilege, violence, and alienation. Only then does he answer the poet’s charge to articulate, through attention and compassion, the redemptive power of beauty, complexity, and connection. With every line, Pasca seeks to restore purpose to our waking into another day.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-941830-27-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
98 pages; 5 illustrations
MATT PASCA has been using the written word to defamiliarize, deconstruct, and reconstruct the world around him since he was eleven. After giving up on his dreams of becoming a professional disc jockey and playing major league baseball, Matt earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University, where he minored in Africana Studies, learned Russian, worked the projection booth at Cornell Cinema and sang in Pamoja-Ni, the campus gospel choir. He went on to earn a master's degree in Secondary English Education from Stony Brook University and began teaching at Bay Shore High School in 1997. Matt has taught a variety of courses, including AP Language, AP Literature, IB English, Mythology, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction, and was named a New York State Teacher of Excellence in 2003. He co-founded his school's Creative Writing Club in 1998 and became the adviser of its Poetry Jams, Visiting Writers' Series, and oft decorated literary-art magazine, The Writers’ Block. Matt's first book-length collection, A Thousand Doors, was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize in Poetry.
Matt often teaches/performs/runs workshops and curates/hosts poetry events with his talented author/director/social worker/motivational speaker wife Terri Muuss. He enjoys spending his days learning, sharing, creating community, and traveling the world with Terri and their two precocious sons, Ellen Show presidential experts and redheads, Rainer and Atticus. To contact Matt about speaking engagements, workshops, readings, school visits, or anything at all, please visit www.mattpasca.com.
Raven Wire is a beautifully crafted book of poetry; it is a celebration of the sound of language as it delves deeply into family connections and the losses of the world through death and war. This is an amazing collection.
Matt Pasca writes poems so tender and well-tuned they recalibrate the muchness around us. Has there ever been a better loving poem than Dreammates? Or a kinder homage to coffee making or a more observant father taking on Gibran’s line that haunts parents forever? The poems in Raven Wire, acutely cognizant of blessings and disappearances, are whole, humane and stunning. They clarify and illuminate our lives.
Matt Pasca's poetry is beautiful and humane — full of humor and tenderness. To read it is to enter a whole world.
Matt Pasca has built a compelling body of poems, and in this generous collection shares what he has learned. The poems in Raven Wire take flight to destinations far and wide, from the Rio Grande to Mexico and from Pompeii to the subways of New York City. But as rich as this tapestry of place is, it is the geographies of the heart that offer the greater reward.
"I am honored to review this brilliant book, Raven Wire. Matt Pasca has a very special gift, like few others, he is able to reach in and touch his soul."
Jamie Dedes, "Interview with Matt Pasca," February 15, 2016. The Bezine.
"Folks sometimes think poetry is not for them. It's lofty, complicated, and hard to understand, but folks would be wrong if they picked up Matt Pasca's Raven Wire, his second collection of poetry."
Bridget Shirvell, "8 Questions with Long Island Poet Matt Pasca," April 5, 2016. Long Island Pulse.
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