Results of the Tufts Poetry Awards in the year 2009.
“Matthew Dickman’s all-American poems are the epitome of the pleasure principle; as clever as they are, they refuse to have ulterior intellectual pretensions; really, I think, they are spiritual in character-free and easy and unself-conscious, lusty, full of sensuous aspiration…. We turn loose such poets into our culture so that they can provoke the rest of us into saying everything on our minds.”-Tony Hoagland, APR/Honickman First Book Prize judge
All American Poem plumbs the ecstatic nature of our daily lives. In these unhermetic poems, pop culture and the sacred go hand in hand. As Matthew Dickman said in an interview, he wants the “people from the community that I come from”-a blue-collar neighborhood in Portland, Oregon-to get his poems. “Also, I decided to include anything I wanted in my poems…. Pepsi, McDonald’s, the word ‘ass.’”