Matt Mullins

Rookie - 0 Points (12/3/1966 / Rye, New York)

Biography of Matt Mullins

Matt Mullins lives and writes in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A musician, poet, and fiction writer, he spends a considerable amount of time splitting firewood and driving around in the dark with his car stereo turned off. His work has appeared in Descant, The Birmingham Poetry Review, Born Magazine, The Grand Valley Review, The Detroit Metro Times, The Furnace, and elsewhere.

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Four Accidentals

First, you die. Then I choose the place and time
to brush away the dry leaves, rolling aside
the note-heads of pill-bugs and curled centipede clefs
testing the edge of your guitar with the calloused
fingertips that will send the blade of its body down.

You once told me that a song could not exist unless
each note carried an acceptance of its own passing
in the same way that expectation serves the bridge's promise

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