A Green River in Spring
Matthew Thorburn


Winner of the 2014
Coal Hill Chapbook Contest
ISBN: 978-1-938769-05-4

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Matthew Thorburn invites us to inhabit his exquisitely drawn landscapes inspired by the Tang Dynasty poets. In this fully-realized world, people don’t just believe in magic, they experience it first hand: the Taoist who hitches a ride with a crane to get to heaven, the emperor who sips dew to prolong his life, the boy who falls down a well and emerges in Mongolia ‘whispering through his fever of the vast, star-clotted sky he swam beneath.’ These poems create a world very different than our own, and yet we recognize it as if we are remembering a dream.
—Michael Simms