Poem of the Week: “Miracle Day” by Sebastian Matthews

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: August 9, 2011

vprThe VPR Poem of the Week is Sebastian Matthews’s “Miracle Day,” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review. “Miracle Day” was also published in Poetry from Paradise Valley (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), an anthology of poems from the first decade of VPR recently selected as a finalist in poetry for the Best Books of Indiana competition sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book, supported by the Indiana State Library

Sebastian Matthews is the author of two poetry collections, including We Generous (Red Hen Press, 2007), and a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (W. W. Norton, 2004). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004). Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College. His poetry or prose has appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, New England, Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, The Sun, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Writer’s Almanac, among others. Matthews is an editor of Rivendell.

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