Sunday, June 10, 2007

How not to call in late

Or, rather, exactly how to call in late:

Dream Horse Press has had the rocking good sense to choose my friend Matt Guenette's Sudden Anthem as the winner of the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize.

I love Matt. I really do. Despite his advancing years and declining skills on the court, Matt is what They call good people. We began our MFA's at SIU the same year and it wasn't long before The Madness of Rodney Jones had formed in us a bond that nations nor gods could sever.

This recognition is long overdue but hopefully it's all the sweeter. Go over to Matt's place and ferociously congratulate him.


Matthew Guenette said...

You're a sweet, sweet man, Paul. Bear wondered about getting a blurb from you. I said P. Guest will burn me at the stake, and I will cook, and what comes from that cooking will be worth every word...

Paul said...

As long, as I don't actually have to, you know, read the book, absolutely.

How about:

"Matt Guenette's poems are written by what science and society have agreed to call a man. These poems prove them wrong. In Guenette's case."

Let me know.

cynthia said...

Be nice!