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Matt Gano

Matt Gano

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Matt Gano is a native of Washington State. He grew up eating dust east of the Cascades. He has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004. In 2011, he was invited to lecture as a guest speaker for The Juilliard School in NYC and performed as a featured poet for “Page Meets Stage,” at the Bowery Poetry Club. In 2009, he was Writer-in-Residence at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Hong Kong and led creative writing workshops the previous year for the Youth Creativity Summit in Seoul, Korea. He has represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years and is the 2008 Seattle Grand-Slam champion. Matt has worked as a national slam team coach and workshop instructor for Youth Speaks and is currently a senior Artist-in-Residence with Seattle Arts and Lectures, Writers in the Schools. His previously published work includes chapbooks: Up From the Mine, Bones For The Builder, Music Maker, Welcome Home, I Eight the Infinite and Art Barker. A poetry LP entitled Music Maker, and a live recording entitled A Giant’s Pulse.

Suits For the Swarm

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Poem from Suits For the Swarm


My love for my brother  
came with cuts. 
Thin gashes on our shins  
chasing grasshoppers  
through tumbleweed.  

We’d herd them  
through cheat-grass,  
remove them  
from the collection  
jar, one at a time  
and spike them  
on our porch.  

It kept them  

We tore legs  
from torsos,   
made them  
torpedoes, meals 
for our goldfish,  
and for praying  
mantis we picked  
from the lavender.   

In the dead of July,  
summer lays the day  
down late, and we stay  
up, until the Dipper