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Matthew Shears Where a road had been 978-1-60964-048-4 "In Where a road had been Matt Shears enters American poetry already far to the fore,
just perceptible at the limit of a strenuous, refined thinking about the dirt and destructions
of new beginnings. At once super-sophisticated and an American original, Shears comes out of Gertrude Stein via the great late-20th century French thought about the constant coverings-up of language (“they were always covering up. / what they were saying, and so baroque”), and about the torsions and wipings-away, the fear and the featherings, in any attempt to arrive at (to be) the new, there “where dis-covery [is] becoming. / in a fledgling sky, with a destructible wing.” Once or twice he tantalizes the reader with the possibility that the new might actually be, despite history, a pure “yes / hosanna / hello”; but in the main, he’s a tough-minded realist. His caesuras (“they could not see, what was coming”) tug backward what goes forward; his obsessive, musical repetitions and permutations of phrase do the same, at once hollowing out what he says and struggling to say more. The final line of this brilliantly intelligent collection sums it all up: “a heart opening /closing / breaking.”

--Calvin Bedient

In Where a road had been, Matt Shears tenderly engages a syntax of wholeness. Dedicated solely to the process of re-membering, this debut collection locates an aboriginal utterance, a native and loving sound that, remarkably, erases all thought of Otherness. Sense is derived, as in music, through repetitions and durations (“a market,” “an ecosystem”). Sense is also derived narratively, via perfectly constructed parallelisms (“a wholeness, I answered”). Deeply humane, transparently humble, these poems collapse categories to expand the available reality.

--Claudia Keelan

Matt Shears' Where a road had been is a cultural dream flood, poems located in the midst of dislocating, giving a precise sensation of our uncertain times. ""Each to be written again, to be dreamed again, each one disappearing together."" This is the necessary kind of flood that enriches the ground, the very ground of language, with its mesmerizing rhythms and uncanny articulations.

--Denise Newman

""Matt Shears' gorgeous new book, Where a road had been, is gloriously multi-faceted and various, both deeply personal and deeply social. There is so much here here: so many versions of history, of the stories we tell ourselves. In the permeable membrane between public and private space, Shears finds an expansive and capacious intertextuality that moves (and moves us) from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic. Each poem becomes a lens (a language) through which we apprehend (translate) both the world / the self and the multiplicity of perception, the slipperiness of significance. And, always, the fierce and radiant beauty. This is a wonderful and transforming first book.""

--Donna de la Perriere

Writing in the dark, in the desert of the real, Matt Shears explores profound and necessary possibilities. Shears moves with extraordinary grace through critique and meditation. Few poets these days are writing poetry this brave. This is a wonderful book. This is a brilliant poet.

—Joseph Lease
" Matt Shears was born and raised in northeast Ohio. He graduated from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and was a Schaeffer Fellow at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He currently lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and daughter and their three cats. Where a road had been is his first book.
Matthew Shears Where a road had been 978-1-60964-048-4 "In Where a road had been Matt Shears enters American poetry already far to the fore,
just perceptible at the limit of a strenuous, refined thinking about the dirt and destructions
of new beginnings. At once super-sophisticated and an American original, Shears comes out of Gertrude Stein via the great late-20th century French thought about the constant coverings-up of language (“they were always covering up. / what they were saying, and so baroque”), and about the torsions and wipings-away, the fear and the featherings, in any attempt to arrive at (to be) the new, there “where dis-covery [is] becoming. / in a fledgling sky, with a destructible wing.” Once or twice he tantalizes the reader with the possibility that the new might actually be, despite history, a pure “yes / hosanna / hello”; but in the main, he’s a tough-minded realist. His caesuras (“they could not see, what was coming”) tug backward what goes forward; his obsessive, musical repetitions and permutations of phrase do the same, at once hollowing out what he says and struggling to say more. The final line of this brilliantly intelligent collection sums it all up: “a heart opening /closing / breaking.”

--Calvin Bedient

In Where a road had been, Matt Shears tenderly engages a syntax of wholeness. Dedicated solely to the process of re-membering, this debut collection locates an aboriginal utterance, a native and loving sound that, remarkably, erases all thought of Otherness. Sense is derived, as in music, through repetitions and durations (“a market,” “an ecosystem”). Sense is also derived narratively, via perfectly constructed parallelisms (“a wholeness, I answered”). Deeply humane, transparently humble, these poems collapse categories to expand the available reality.

--Claudia Keelan

Matt Shears' Where a road had been is a cultural dream flood, poems located in the midst of dislocating, giving a precise sensation of our uncertain times. ""Each to be written again, to be dreamed again, each one disappearing together."" This is the necessary kind of flood that enriches the ground, the very ground of language, with its mesmerizing rhythms and uncanny articulations.

--Denise Newman

""Matt Shears' gorgeous new book, Where a road had been, is gloriously multi-faceted and various, both deeply personal and deeply social. There is so much here here: so many versions of history, of the stories we tell ourselves. In the permeable membrane between public and private space, Shears finds an expansive and capacious intertextuality that moves (and moves us) from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic. Each poem becomes a lens (a language) through which we apprehend (translate) both the world / the self and the multiplicity of perception, the slipperiness of significance. And, always, the fierce and radiant beauty. This is a wonderful and transforming first book.""

--Donna de la Perriere

Writing in the dark, in the desert of the real, Matt Shears explores profound and necessary possibilities. Shears moves with extraordinary grace through critique and meditation. Few poets these days are writing poetry this brave. This is a wonderful book. This is a brilliant poet.

—Joseph Lease
" Matt Shears was born and raised in northeast Ohio. He graduated from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and was a Schaeffer Fellow at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He currently lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and daughter and their three cats. Where a road had been is his first book.

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Where a road had been

Matt Shears

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Where a road had been by Matt Shears Copyright © 2010 Published by BlazeVOX [books] All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission, except for brief quotations in reviews. Printed in the United States of America Book design by Geoffrey Gatza Cover photo by Rayhannah Dar First Edition ISBN: 978-1-60964-048-4 Library of Congress Control Number 2009910029 BlazeVOX [books] 303 Bedford Ave Buffalo, NY 14216 Editor@blazevox.org

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a next what becomes lost, an i wishes permanence upon, where you could not leave it, where it wasn’t, it speaks, there is no death, nature couldn’t argue, any differently. they became absences, it seemed when it folded up, when did it close, we weren’t certainly, upon a table in a voicelessness, the duration felt along the edges, was i there at all. later the still-framed rose, something flying, through the window, sight carried little, i thought of hammers, and other disasters rose and began, to separate quickly.

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a position their closure began an opening with beginnings

lying supine incomplete

the table somewhat how

the disaster did not away how the light moving against every the hole swallowed of small stars the wind severed strung

carry its weight sought itself position a boundary along a beach

*

its persistence from intention, its unsequenced

a tide receding direction ‘story’ a cloud

a shimmering non-entity where they moved of grief out
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into futures

a ground hollowed a foundation which damaged

a mouth caught

in its flickering

*

elevation

clearing into song one dreamed coming apart in mist lifting impelled always the resistance a space filled with its earth without sky

without morning the edges of sound outlines, shorelines away promises the use of force it fed upon no earth

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an else the fever eyelids away unseen through eras, burnt from a sun in that picture a reason one the city held

to its ground

furthered, a bridge through spread every an edge of desire

laminate toward unsolid they spoke

and why we– progression of ending

echoing a cavernous they dream only

*

to the fever, the fervor clung to stuck the rooftops in eternity

a cell a light the infinite smaller and a breach

model scaffolding smaller windows of ors, the irises

dropping away

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a reinvention of self it could not be

in street written, only toward it

the motion of moving how opposition

has its pluses

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an ecosystem its consolation, one noticed embedded mimicries (a further spring, a rose, a moon

severed, the dilemmas of class, taste burgeoning in signs of stars their atlas once traced,

equipped the trappings

of a small dream, of a bird in flight, of tomorrow constrained. every message, spreading (wings, a wave without breath, the starlings too enveloping crowded, darkness a limit, of speech

*

considered, bloomed

the rotting heap, lifting,

a blanket of youth, of clouds, of every the light somewhat, filthy a crashing each heard distinctly. could its revelations so risen

in watchtowers of yore, the neon burnt

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if smoke, if the answer positioned

if the question

a terrarium, the lives, who left behind,

of those within, the vase

which had carried, an ocean

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a river, a little town what they were carrying, in a post-industrial. could its dream have seen it, could it have dreamed its airs, what they would be carrying, post-industrially. had it been shared, that dream, could it have been seen, in the love of a little town, in the pride of a love of a little town. what they were carrying in a little town, what they were loving. in a post-industrial, the growth of a little town, where it was going / growing in a dream that was dreaming, in a post-industrial, the love of a little town, of the little people, that made this possible. could its dream have seen it, what it was loving, could its plant have been growing, steadily, inside them. had it dreamed its excess, had it dreamed its post-industrial. what they were carrying, inside of its dream the future was, a contamination, that was a future. what was a future, in a contamination, what dream, were they carrying into that future. when they were loving a contaminated future, when it was a cancer in a dream, that was carrying itself toward. did they dream its airs, when it was growing, did they dream its growing. they were loving the sound of a river,

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of a river flowing through, the love of a little town. was it patriotic, to suffer, was it patriotic to carry, was it patriotic to dream. the sound of a river in the middle, of a little town. they were loving, post-industrial, the dream of a river in a little town, the sound of a river in a dream of a little town. had it been growing, steadily, had it been among those undreamt. what was outside the dream of the dream, where a love of a river in a little town was flowing, where it was flowing to, where it was being borne, in another future.

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a sighting a narrative would surrender suddenly impressed, in unended layers– could return in given scenic, indices spread toward its touch– that several were tissues worn, alighting. had it circumstance, to disturb that it was suddenly the whiteness that it was hurtled, a grace that it was wandering. had it been perfectly given perfectly surrounded, the discharge, what re-sounded. had it burned, as it leapt the fire they were tending. its glance, carried nothing from it as it leapt– the speech it thought better of, an arresting resonance, that razed, its ideal of where. how it planted the road, the destination that had not been, received kindly.

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*

un-earthed, what seraphim remained. the birds that had been, had been slaughtered, elegized in the patterns of navigation, of its imperial dream, a tracing, of the broken noise which erupted. from its foundations, none proclaimed a history, none lacking what had been forgotten, none moving in the shadow-halls. which discontinued. the one that had been speaking, the many. where the flickering leapt into the blueness one thought, collapsing. had it sustenance, in its dismemberment, had it opened into a small window lit with vacancy. the distortions of what was calling out, un-formed torn from meaning, torn from its eyes.

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