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Matt Hart’s LIGHT-HEADED in Coldfront’s Top 30 Poetry Books of 2011

 Matt Hart’s LIGHT-HEADED hits number 19 in Coldfront’s Top 30 Poetry Books of 2011

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19. Light-Headed, Matt Hart

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“Living in Cincinnati means rapture”

Light-Headed is Matt Hart’s most concentrated effort yet. He proves himself a versatile and imaginative formalist, his own innate, absurd energy finding forms, civilizing them, then busting their seams. Hart’s forte is an avalanche of musical anxiety that leads to a childlike, if consciously imagined, crystallization of hope. But much about this sequence of poems also involves ominous endings and flares of hard perspective. In the long poem “All the Hours We’re Awake,” the poem title serves as almost singsong regular refrain;  in between, Hart blends jagged sonic and mental associations with great agility. The poem concludes:

You wheeze and you grope.
You butterfly knife off the high board,
but praying. Where is my past life
to save me the most? The future
of damaging yellow-cake
uranium. I knew it, said the crocodile
harvesting egg yolks.
Peace is a difficult baby.

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John Deming

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