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Matthew Haigh

Updated: Sat, 3 Nov 2018 10:43 am

https://www.matthewhaigh.net/

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Biography

I am a poet, writer and artist. My debut full length collection, Death Magazine, will be published with Salt in June 2019. In late 2007 I began to write poetry and in 2009 I had my first poem published, in Poetry Wales magazine. Since then I have placed work with a range of journals, both print and online, including Poetry London, Magma, The Guardian, Ink Sweat & Tears, And Other Poems, Fuselit, Poems In Which and The Tangerine. I have also contributed work to several anthologies from Sidekick Books, and The Emma Press – including poems for children. My debut poetry pamphlet, Black Jam, will be published with Broken Sleep Books in early 2019. In recent months I have become interested in visual poetry, and more experimental forms. As such I have created collage poems, concrete poems and a poetry comic. I have collaborated with my friend and artist, Alex Stevens, on a number of projects – two of which have appeared in anthologies from Sidekick Books. This Was No Suicide is a series you can now access on Tumblr, featuring an alternative take on the classic TV show Murder, She Wrote. I present a nightmarish mash-up of collage poetry in the form of episode synopses for the show, while Alex accompanies these with startlingly bizarre visuals, often featuring Angela Lansbury. I was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, where I still live.

Samples

Christian Bale Bale has become so milky that simply spending an hour in his presence probably leaves a faint gleam. The actor was determined to incorporate petals, seeds and fruits into his skin. He trained six hours a day, six days a week, for six months to bottle a happier future. Synonymous with physical transformations, Bale developed plant leaves as his body adapted to changes in technology. He reportedly puts a soft little cushion between his face and a thistle. Ironically, American Psycho was interpreted as a moisturizer by many reflexologists. The precise nature of his soothing presence is unknown, but the smart guess is that he is like a mountain of white lily.

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Matthew Haigh

Wed 20th Jun 2012 19:50

Hey Ann, thank you for the feedback and warm welcome - glad you enjoyed the poem!

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Ann Foxglove

Wed 20th Jun 2012 09:05

Hi Matt - welcome to WOL. I enjoyed your very original poem here :)

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