Matt Howard Poem of the Week feature in The Guardian

Matt Howard Poem of the Week feature in The Guardian

 

'... an exceptional contribution to the ecopoetry genre, and to poetry itself.' – Carol Rumens, Poem of the Week, The Guardian

 

Matt Howard’s second collection Broadlands was published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2024. It was launched online with Bloodaxe on 26 June - scroll down to view the video.

The poems in Broadlands are grounded in the reedbeds, meadows and marshes of the Norfolk Broads. They are closely and thrillingly observed from real encounters, inviting us closer to the more-than-human world, its violence, fragility and wonder. Yet the human is always and all the more present; here too are poems of intimacy, love and grief.

Broadlands follows Matt Howard's debut Gall (2018) from The Rialto, which won the inaugural Laurel Prize for Best First Collection and the 2018 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry and was also shortlisted for the 2019 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize.

Matt Howard was born in Norfolk in 1978. He is a poet and environmentalist who worked in various roles for the RSPB for more than a decade. He has been poet in residence for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and also the Wordsworth Trust. Since 2018 he has been a trustee of The Rialto, and was Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds 2021-2023. He is currently manager of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

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‘Matt Howard knows his subjects intimately, and has a gift for illuminating the most fragile and precarious among them, such as the fen raft spider and the ‘niche and otherness’ of its mating rituals. All human life is part of the same fabric, and these poems shine with insight into our loves and griefs, our capacity for cruelty and joy. In spite of everything, that sense of true belonging in the world is felt “in every part of me, singing”.’ – Jean Sprackland

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POEM OF THE WEEK FEATURE IN THE GUARDIAN

The Guardian, Poem of the Week, online 1 July 2024

Carol Rumens discussed ‘Marbled Orb Weaver’ from Matt Howard’s second collection Broadlands in her online Poem of the Week feature in The Guardian of 1 July.

‘The connection made here between data formally expressed and shared with the research community, and the language and imagery of the poem is what makes Howard’s work on the page an exceptional contribution to the ecopoetry genre, and to poetry itself.' – Carol Rumens, Poem of the Week, The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/books/article/2024/jul/01/poem-of-the-week-marbled-orb-weaver-by-matt-howard

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ONLINE LAUNCH EVENT, 26 JUNE 2024

Online launch with Matt Howard & Katrina Porteous

Matt Howard launched his second collection Broadlands at Bloodaxe's online launch on 26 June.  He was reading alongside Northunberland poet Katrina Porteous, whose fourth poetry collection Rhizodont was also published by Bloodaxe in June 2024.  They discussed their books with each other and with host, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley.  The event is now available to watch via YouTube.  Matt read second in each set.  The readings were followed by a wonderful discussion about poetry and the natural world.


[01 July 2024]


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