Matt Cook will kick off his two-year term as Milwaukee's poet laureate at a reading and reception on Saturday, June 13 at 3pm. It will take place at the Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Paperback. Publishing Genius (2013).
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“The thing about Matt’s writing, ‘poetry’ if you will, is that it’s funny. Not ‘funny for poetry’ but straight up funny. And thoughtful. And human. You won’t have to dig deep into layers of metaphorical self-indulgent word play to enjoy it either. It’s all right there for you. I enjoy Matt’s work on the same level that I do Daniel Clowes or Jack Handey. In fact he’s kind of the poetry version of their baby. If Daniel and Jack had a baby. I’m not sure that Daniel Clowes and Jack Handey have even met. But also they aren’t capable of having a baby so never mind. But you get my point.” ~David Cross
"Matt Cook’s poems are very funny, but they are also little love notes from a man to his wife 'who can’t find any of her socks,' to his best friends who 'all have rocks in their heads,' and to his mother, who holds his hand 'like it’s the last swordfish burrito on earth.' I would like to drink beer with Matt Cook and learn his secret to writing the fucking best sestinas." ~Leigh Stein
“Matt Cook sings the unsung—the restaurant supply store, the backs of paintings—while teasing our unexamined lives. His poems point to our emotional slippage, revealing the Spanish Cement Mixer to be much more than the Spanish Cement Mixer. You’re all like ‘Nuh uh’ and these poems are all like ‘Uh huh’. I love this book.” ~Sommer Browning
“Matt Cook is a walking Imagination, and naturally, the imagination has perfect comic timing and speaks with an amazing Midwestern accent. Matt Cook makes me want to move to Milwaukee. Now that is powerful poetry.” ~Sampson Starkweather
About the Author
Matt Cook is the author of four books of poetry: In the Small of My Backyard (Manic D Press, 2002), Eavesdrop Soup (Manic D Press, 2005), The Unreasonable Slug (Manic D Press, 2007), and PROVING NOTHING TO ANYONE (Publishing Genius Press, 2013). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet's Café, The United States of Poetry, and in Garrison Keillor's Good Poems, American Places. He is Milwaukee's 2015-2017 Poet Laureate.