Radiant Companion / Matt Hart
Radiant Companion / Matt Hart
Radiant Companion is the one in the many, the spirit right beside you, the roar you can count on to lead you out of darkness. And as the companion volume to Matt Hart’s book-length serial poem, Radiant Action, it’s also an address book (the ones who matter most)—a constellation of singers, of hands to hold, the community of collaboration(s) that makes the action—any action—possible. These poems flash and bang with human defiance against death in all its disguises. Togetherness changes everything, impossibly so.
Published 15 September 2016
In collaboration + tandem with
Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books)
Poetry • MHP-021
Perfect bound • Paperback
140 pp • 5.5 x 7.5 • ♾♽
ISBN-10 • 0-9860461-6-7
ISBN-13 • 978-0-9860461-6-2
Distribution • SPD
Simultaneously playful and poignant with tons of linguistic precision, the emotional urgency that informs Matt Hart’s writing in Radiant Companion raises the stakes for the reader—he is just that good. Hart, like his predecessors James Tate and Dean Young (to name two), is poised to take his place as one of America’s boldest, most major poets.
In Matt Hart’s Radiant Companion, echoes of poetry past merge with a present that transcends its misfortunes, leaving readers with a newfound love of the blessed ordinary: blue winter sky, raw cotton, a billion starry skulls. “The word is pain, / and the world is pain, / but the sun on our skin / is enormous and light,” proclaims Hart’s “Poem with a Chorus by Jawbreaker,” one of many moments where this collection provides vital insight into contemporary life. Radiant Companion rewrites the parameters of the pastoral and shows us where the ghost of John Keats lingers, as a punk rock heart hammers away in our chests.
The poems in Matt Hart’s latest two collections, Radiant Action and Radiant Companion, crack open language and spill light on the page. They radiate a galactic sense of warmth and well-being in response to the ever-fucked-up-ness of the world. And aren’t we hungry for art that reacts to hate and violence with love and light?
POEMS FROM THE BOOK
Lullaby of Ending Things, The Panther, & Between Scylla And Charybdis
(Academy of American Poets)
The Call Up & On Beauty, Etc.
(The Great American Lit Mag)
Ode to a Nightingale, Supermassive Black Squirrel, & This Manic New Trippery
(A Dozen Nothing)
Poem with Some Answers to the Questions
Go-Go of Sky
Crashaw & When You Open Your Eyes
Unsettling the Dust
(The Shallow Ends)
Poem with a Chorus by Jawbreaker
Matt Hart is the author of seven books of poems, including Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books, 2016), Radiant Companion (Monster House Press, 2016), and Blue Jay Slayer, an art and poetry collaboration with artist Ken Henson (Aurore Press, 2015). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the bands TRAVEL and THE LOUDEST SOUNDER.