Matthew Shindell was kind enough to give me an extra copy of In Another Castle, his first book of poems just released by three candles press. He even autographed it.
I'm going to give away the book to a lucky reader of my blog. Oh happy day! Just leave your name in the comment box and in a couple of days I will pick a name at random. Really! I won't play favorites. You have a chance even if I don't like you. And I don't like a handful of you!
And by random, I mean I will write down each name on a piece of paper and pull one out of a bag. Presto!
Here's what Gabriel Gudding said about Matthew's book:
"In what may be one of the saddest, weirdest books I've ever read, reminding me at once of a critique of Blake and Stevens, Matthew Shindell explores the hollowness of the imagination and declares it all but bankrupt. For the last two hundred years we've been told there is some kind of glorious refuge in the imagination. We've been told the imagination is this transcendent kingdom, a stalwart distant castle, anchoring the real, where it's all okay, a place where there is safety and order in the supreme fiction: that poetry is an oasis and a poem is a kind of Wallace Stevens Memorial vacation get-away. But Matthew Shindell's book explodes this lie and shows us that the imaginative capacity is not a palace of wisdom, but a castle of delusion. And that we have to find another castle. An admirable, amazing — and really depressing — book."
And Dean Young said this:
"Let's call this poet Blind Lemon Shock Therapy, he who knows how our visions prey on us and redeem us. Let's give him a wreath of drunken hummingbirds, a life supply of Goo Gone, he who sings as an inebriate of air and wipes the film from our helmet's visors. Let us admire the poise of this poet in the burning building of his poems where the party is. Let us praise Matt Shindell for offering us another castle where the ferocity of the imagination bedazzles and many-persons us until we be kaleidoscoped."
Here's a pdf file of his chapbook. My favorite poem? "Parable of the Boy Inside the Deer."