Matthew Thorburn is an American poet. He is the author of three books of poems, Subject to Change (New Issues, 2004), Every Possible Blue (CW Books, 2012) and This Time Tomorrow (Waywiser Press, forthcoming 2013), and a chapbook, Disappears in the Rain (Parlor City, 2009).
His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, and The American Poetry Review, among other journals. He also regularly contributes book reviews to Pleiades.
- Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize
- Belfast Poetry Festival’s Festivo Prize
- 2008 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference
- Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
- 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress
- 2009 BRIO Fellowship from the Bronx Council on the Arts
- "Gravy Boat". Pool. 2008.
- "Little Thieves". Memorious (16). 2011.
- "Self-Portrait in Secondhand Tuxedo". Michigan Quarterly Review. Winter 2006.
- "The Trick with the Stick". Linebreak. August 2009.
- "To the Net Master". Memoir (and) (6). 2010.
- "'Bamboo that seems Always my own Thoughts': Reading David Hinton's Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology". Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. Summer 2011.
- Subject to Change. New Issues/Western Michigan University. 2004. ISBN 978-1-930974-46-3.
In his high-spirited debut, Matthew Thorburn includes a poem, “Variations,” which is divided into three sections, each containing three stanzas separated by the conjunction ‘or,’ as if to offer the reader a range of choices for which poem they’d like to consume. The result is not unlike a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book, or a menu at a restaurant which lets you construct your own meal. This playful interactivity is representative of the enchanting, inventive spirit of the collection as a whole.
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- Kathleen Rooney. "Matthew Thorburn, Subject to Change,". New Hampshire Review.