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We’re excited to announce Matthew M. Monte’s debut poetry collection, The Case of the Six-Sided Dream, winner of the Blue Light Poetry Prize.

Available now on Amazon.

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“Matthew Monte has put together a compelling volume of poetry well worth reading by lovers of poetry as well as those who simply want a fresh rendering. Read him and enjoy and savor!”

— Michael Krasny, KQED Forum Host

“The poems that make up The Case of the Six-Sided Dream are a study in love and nature, the temporal world and razor-sharp longings and regrets. The imagery and language makes the reader “greet the fact of this body: bones and sinew in delicious revolt.” We have the pleasure of standing with the poet and experiencing his vivid narration, “a crystal palace crowded with flora craning for light.” The poems explore subjects of journeys and longing, and finding comfort in the rituals of modern life, all the while showing us the tiny details that make us alive. I was especially entranced by Hitchhiking in Waiatarua, its reflexive form, and smattering on the page, “silt settled puddle-cupped and clean.” I’m so excited for his readers to hold such a beauty in their hands.”

— Devi S. Laskar, Author of Anastasia Maps (Finishing Line Press, 2017)

“Matthew Monte, son of San Francisco, fuses Jazz modes and Beat rhythms to vivid, incandescent effect. His poems shimmer in the eternal return and marginalia of spiritual quest, exalting in Hindu, Judeo-Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist philosophies that transport the reader to other worlds and time scapes while simultaneously critiquing their theories of knowledge. Botanical imagery blooms and stop-you-dead lines scatter seeds of ideas that take root deep within the reader. What jungle fire, what strewn petals, “what heartbreak is next?” In Monte’s The Case of the Six-Sided Dream, the answer is the journey, the spaces in between.”

— Cordelia Chadwick, Poet, founder and editor of the Snackbar Collective Press