I’m excited to be reviewing this collection of poetry, titled Feast of Sapphires, by Matt Nagin. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.
Thank you so much to Matt for providing a copy of his collection in exchange for an honest review!
Suggesting something beautiful and valuable that is painful when consumed, “Feast of Sapphires” covers topics both timely and universal. There are poems of psychic revolution (for those ready to put down the Kool-Aid), poems about pretense and gun control, poems about MRI’s, gambling, and mystical storms of all varieties; then, too, on a deeper level, more than a few of these poems are about the desire to surmount the collective facade in search of a kind of truth that cannot be hyperlinked. Located from Costa Rica to the LIRR, this metaphysical cartography of anticipation and despair is perfect for those seeking existential answers in the bottom of the tea, in the resonance of a thunder storm, or, even, in the ethereal high of a linguistic flight of fancy. From comedic monologues to existential reflections, from angry rants to insightful commentary, from wily narratives to verbal pyrotechnics, this is a book that aims to make you feel that, in these dystopian times, poetry is, more than ever, relevant and necessary.
The collection is 102 pages long and includes 78 poems, 13 of which have been published in literary journals, including Oxford Magazine, The Wire’s Dream, Torrid Literature Journal, and Ibis Head Review. One poem “If We Are Doomed” was awarded the 2018 Spirit First Editor’s Choice Award and will be included in their 2019 poetry anthology.
Poetry is one of my favorite forms of writing, so when I was given the opportunity to read this collection, I jumped at the chance. I’ve officially read it four times since I acquired my copy, and I think I’ll read it a couple more times. I’m in awe, and I’m inspired by Matt Nagin’s talent and creativity.
It’s very difficult to review poetry. It’s so objective. However, this collection is very unique and each piece spoke to me. I love the diversity of the topics covered, and the intensity in which each word cuts through the page. It’s really fascinating and captivating.
I am a huge fan of Matt Nagin’s work. I cannot wait to read more from him! This is a fantastic collection of poetry, and I highly recommend checking it out. I’m off to read it for the fifth time. 🙂
Matt Nagin is a writer, educator, filmmaker, and standup comedian. His poetry has been published in Antigonish Review, Oxford Magazine and The East Bay Review. Kirkus Reviews deemed his first poetry collection, ‘Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight,’ ‘powerful verse from a writer of real talent.’ His second collection, ‘Feast of Sapphires,’ reached #12 on the Amazon Best Seller List. Matt has performed standup in seven countries, and acted in numerous film and tv productions. His first short film, Inside Job, won acting and directing awards on the festival circuit. More at mattnagin.com
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