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  • MATT ROBINSON / POET / HALIFAX, NS

    The limited edition chapbook, 'a fist made and then un-made' (Gaspereau, 2013) is matt robinson’s most recent publication.

    Other collections include 'Against the Hard Angle' (ECW, 2010), 'no cage contains a stare that well' (ECW, 2005), a full-length volume of hockey poems, 'A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking' (Insomniac, 2000), and 'how we play at it: a list' (ECW, 2002), as well as chapbooks from Greenboathouse Press (in 2009) and Frog Hollow Press (in 2004).

    Robinson’s poems have won awards including the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize; they have also appeared in numerous anthologies and have been featured in the HRM’s Art in Public Places initiative.

    Originally born in Halifax, NS, robinson lived in Fredericton, NB and worked at UNB for a number of years. He currently lives in Halifax, NS, and works as the Director – Housing & Conference Services at Saint Mary’s University.

monster poem DRAFTS

POEM in PROGRESS: MONSTER & THE BIG BLUE CHAIR

It’s Saturday, and we’re going shopping – doing some initial scouting, really – for a new living room set later this afternoon. The loveseat and the big, blue comfy chair have reached the ends of their respective lines; they need replacement, soon. Basically now. Sure, they’re well over ten years old: they’ve survived (among other things) … Continue reading

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POEM in PROGRESS: HARBOUR / THE HARBOUR SLEEPS THESE SHORES

I’m a bit of a serial reviser when it comes to my poems. More often than not, though, the tweaks past a certain point of the draft process leave the poem relatively recognizable as a slightly edited version of that first solid draft. That said, I’ve been revisiting a poem I originally started working on … Continue reading

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POEM in PROGRESS: CAR ACCIDENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR

While I’ve not typically been good at producing occasional poems with any regularity or timeliness, after a relaxing holiday break that included a minor bug of some sort, a great amount of good reading, a few good cups of coffee, a bunch of scrolling about Twitter, and yes, the odd period or two of streamed … Continue reading

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SHORTLISTED! ‘a fist made and then un-made’ named a finalist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award

In exciting news, matt’ robinson’s 10-poem chapbook — a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press, 2013) — has been shortlisted for this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award.  Earlier today in Toronto, in addition to revealing the collections included on his year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist, Meet The Presses also announced that, beginning this year (2014), the … Continue reading

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POEM in PROGRESS: VALENTINE

Another short piece seems to be working itself into shape. In any case, as far as origins go: Ibsen‘s “vital lie” was referenced — pretty much just in passing — in a short story I was reading the other day and, even though I finished the story in question pretty quickly thereafter,  I kept returning … Continue reading

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