Matthew Sisson


Matthew Sisson’s poetry has appeared in magazines and journals ranging from JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association, to the Harvard Review Online. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his first book, Please, Call Me Moby, will be published by the Pecan Grove Press in 2014. He is the former poetry editor of the trade journal Modern Steel Construction.

Folly Literature

Watts Towers of words. Folk poetry penned
from hubcaps, bits of broken lives, lost loves,
and other ephemera. As big as any roadside
Paul Bunyan, elephant, or Indian, and always
wooden, even if concrete verse. Some follies
become a cause celeb, and after conservation
and editing, coffee table book bound. Most
are little more than academic tourist traps,
far, far, from the highway of mainstream
canon. Remember, all poets secretly fear
theirs is a purple, and dinosaur art.

Folly Literature is from a series I am writing based on the Pequin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory.