It delights me to feature poet, Matt Duggan, today on Patricia’s Pen. Matt has come along to chat about his poetry so without further ado, it’s over to him.
Thank you for inviting me to talk with you today, I suppose I’ve been writing on and off for over twenty years now, and I like to class myself as a working-class imagist poet who writes about themes that matter in the world, about social issues like politics, climate change, history, identity, but also, I like to write on the emotive side of human nature and a world to travel, my work can be surreal, political, personal, and imagist, yet I’d like to say relatable and I’m very pleased with what I’ve produced over the last ten years or so, with two full length collections and four pamphlets under my belt, with another collection and pamphlet nearly ready to submit.
I started submitting poems back when I was eighteen with very little success at all, with several rejections from journals but continued to write and improve on my writing by reading more and more poetry, and involving myself in writing groups and night classes until I believed that I had found my voice, and the way I like to approach my writing. It was after watching ’V’ film poem by Tony Harrison that turned me on to writing political poetry I then started to get poems accepted and thought I would try and enter a couple of competitions and ended up winning the erbacce prize for poetry in 2015 from over 5,000 entries with my first collection Dystopia 38.10, and also winning the Into the Void Poetry Prize in 2017. I always believed that as a writer we must keep changing, shedding skins and faces with each book, improving our poems as we need to keep reinventing and playing with form, I strongly believe that as a writer we need to live a life before we can write about our experiences. I also work for erbacce press where I read entries for their annual competition, and I also interview poets for their journal, which has introduced me to many new up and coming poets. My influences over the years have changed as has my taste for poetry, favourite poets range from Weldon Kee’s, Tony Harrison, Charles Bukowski, Kent Johnson, Jeremy Reed, Brendan Kennelly, Frank O’Hara, and Penny Rimbaud.
My work has been accepted in various journals such as Ambit, The Poetry Salzburg Review, Osiris, The Potomac Review, The Lit Quarterly, Here Comes Everybody, The Journal, Into the Void, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, and The High Window, and I’m currently working on two new poetry projects my third collection ‘Everyone is Waiting for Tomorrow’ (with a possible 2021 release) and a new pamphlet titled ‘Kindness in an Age of Pestilence.
I’m sure you’ll all agree that Matt has a very impressive portfolio. Below you can find out more about Matt and how to purchase a copy of one of his books.
About Matt Duggan
Matt was born in Bristol U.K. 1971 and now lives in Newport, Wales with his partner Kelly and their cat ‘Pablo’. Matt regards himself as a working-class poet and activist with left leaning political views, he is the editor of The Angry Manifesto zine, his poems have appeared in many journals including Ambit, Into the Void, The Poetry Salzburg Review, The Chiron Review, The Potomac Review, Dreich, 14 Magazine, Here Comes Everyone, Oxford Magazine, The Seventh Quarry, Osiris Poetry Journal, The Poetry Village, The Journal, The High Window, The Ghost City Review, L’Ephemere Review, Marble and Polarity. In 2015 Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry with his first full length collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 (erbacce-press) and won the Into the Void Poetry Prize in 2017 with his poem ‘Elegy for Magdalene’, and was highly commended in the ‘Road to Clevedon Pier Competition’ with his poem ‘Walking with Coleridge’, he has previously published four chapbooks: One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) The Kingdom (Maytree Press) and Ten Truths from Wonderland ( Hedgehog Poetry Press) a bilingual collaboration with Spanish Poet Maria Castro Dominguez. His second full length collection Woodworm (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was published in July 2019. He has read his work across the U.K. including Greece, the U.S.A and has appeared at various festivals such as Poetry on the Lake Festival in Orta, Italy, A Casa Dos Poetas in Portugal and also the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Everyone is Waiting for Tomorrow is Matt’s third full length collection of poems.
One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) (SOLD OUT)
A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House) (SOLD OUT)
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