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March 30, 2011

Poet and Author Matthew Dickman Visits St. Edward's University

Poet and author Matthew Dickman will visit St. Edward's University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Maloney Room, Main Building. The university invites the community to listen to Dickman's critically-acclaimed poems. His poetry has been described as celebratory as well as entering heart-wrenching places of American life.

—"More and more I feel that I write poetry to not only understand the world around me but to better understand myself," said Dickman. "And there is this: The poet Larry Levis once said of writing poetry ‘Out here I can say anything.' In this short, concise, statement Levis spells out the great experience of making art: the experience of freedom. We are not free in our lives. If I want my grandmother to keep having me over for lunch I can't say anything I want to her. If I want to keep my job I can't say anything I want to my boss. But in making art, in the act of writing a poem, I can, in fact, say anything: I am truly free."

Dickman's latest book All-American Poem (American Poetry Review/ Copper Canyon Press, 2008) will be for sale in the bookstore after his reading.

Dickman is a recipient of The Honickman First Book Prize, The Mary Sarton Award from the American Academy of the Arts and Science, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, and the 2009 Oregon Book Award. He has been profiled in The Oregonian, Poets & Writers Magazine, and The New Yorker. His poems have appeared in McSweeny's, Ploughshares, The Believer, and The New Yorker among many others. W.W. Norton & Co. will publish his second book in 2012. He lives and works in Portland, Ore.

An excerpt from Matthew Dickman's "Slow Dance"

All my life
I've made mistakes. Small
and cruel. I made my plans.
I never arrived. I ate my food. I drank my
The slow dance doesn't care. It's all
kindness like children
before they turn three. Like being held in
the arms
of my brother.