Shore by Clay MatthewsShore by Clay Matthews


byClay Matthews

Paperback | January 15, 2016

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From Shannon Tharp: 
"In Shore, the world begins with 'The things that happen//before the thing/ that is going to happen.' This world's attendant language then moves outward, toward everything and somewhere, much as water and memory do. At the height of its singing, the poem asks, 'Have you grieved, dear Reader?' Within the answer to this question is the sound of water running inside a three, life returning to life, the bottle and the snuff tin, echoes of Emily Dickinson and Memphis Minnie--as though an Alan Lomax field recording has made its way to the page. In this graceful work, Clay Matthews thinks through and sounds out the stories that need telling."

From Steve Davenport: 
"Listen, the voice says. Once upon a time, there was a story and it was ours and it was made of many voices and it was true and it was never true and it was Clay Matthews' to tell, to sing, to turn into American Long Poem of fish guts and menstrual blood, of motor oil and rising waters, of beautiful umbrella. Where do we come from and where do we go? Better to ask how. Better to listen up and let Clay Matthews' gorgeous, terrible flood song take you back and take you away."

Title:ShoreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.16 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Cooper Dillon BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943899002

ISBN - 13:9781943899005


Table of Contents

Prologue 1 

Act One 3

Chorus 9 

Act Two 10

Chorus 18 

Act Three 20

Chorus 26 

Act Four 28

Chorus 36 

Act Five 39

Epilogue 49 

Notes 52