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31 March 2008

Clay Matthews' Superfecta

poetry by Clay Matthews
Ghost Road Press
Publication date: 15 April 2008
ISBN: 0-9796255-5-6
84 pages
$13.95 (special April Sale price $10)

Superfecta examines our relation to time and memory with surprising energy and consistent empathy. The tension between system and chance connect Clay Matthews’ poems, balanced as they are between the abstractions of symbol and the immediacy of language. For Matthews, there is a thin line dividing the body’s physicality and the wonder of the mind, where “The cartography of a rat is the same for all species/ in that it is always a map of the unknown.” Matthews writes about our desire to identify mythos in everyday experience, and celebrates when it’s discovered amid our anxious and uncertain place in history.