Matthew Geden’s second collection of poems explores questions of belonging, travel and displacement – and the challenges of staying connected in an ever-changing world. Many of the poems echo a sense of being ‘on the edge, halfway out / the door’. The poems often zoom out to a cool objective view, while others chart intimate relationships and their potential to change everything: ‘the mountains blush / under the glint / in your eye’.
“A quiet contemplative poet alive to the hours and the seasons. A true voice.”
I can’t go back, return to the house
where I was born, the spinney
in which I lived. I would see
myself in the hallway, outside
the living-room door, listening for news
of the adult world, my childhood in limbo.
Born in the English Midlands, Matthew Geden moved to Kinsale, Co. Cork in 1990 and runs a bookstore in the town. He co-founded the SoundEye International Poetry Festival in Cork, and his poems have appeared in magazines like Shearsman, Poetry Salzburg and Agenda, as well as anthologies like Something Beginning with P: New Poems from Irish Poets (2008) and Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus, 2010). His first full-length collection, Swimming to Albania, was published in 2009.