A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno chapbook


This sampling of poems from A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno by Matt Rader is set in Dante type by Hans van Eijk at the Bonnefant Press of Banholt, The Netherlands, in an edition of fifty numbered copies made specifically for House of Anansi Press. The pages are bound, and the cover is removable.

A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno carries within it all the technique, vision, imaginative labour, and razor-sharp precision of Matt Rader’s first two collections, Living Things and Miraculous Hours. But it also ascends to a new and luminous, demanding, particularized realm of the human.

Wildflowers and weeds, newspaper archives and illness, hostels and hostiles, parenting and the shadowy history of grandparents, war and Renaissance paintings: Matt Rader’s unassuming, deeply spirited, and expansive poems show us again how contemporary lyric can go such a long way toward revealing our true homes to us at the moment we find ourselves most nakedly un-housed. Rader seeks out limits, borders, and frontiers -- those mapped for us by authority, and the concomitant, interior shadowlines we ourselves draw -- in order to test their validity.

If Borges had imagined an atlas of our layered identities, it might look like these poems. This is an astounding collection from a thrilling voice in poetry.