Every poem in Matthew Caley's "Apparently" begins - or occasionally ends - with the word 'apparently'. In conversation this word usually precedes a scurrilous piece of gossip or hearsay, allowing the speaker to voice what cannot be substantiated, for in our increasingly mediated world, what is "apparent" often has more authority than "what actually is". From this instantly split beginning, a poem might extol glaciers and cult post-punk singers, mishear W.B. Yeats, get drunk, argue with Roman consuls, empathise with Roadrunner, crash several vehicles, chronicle a parallel Proust, or watch Jon Snow lose his equilibrium. There are odes to dead flies, obscure Western actors, Louis Zukofsky and the pancreas. Or are there? It's not that the poems are about these things so much as that these things get caught up in each poem's need to be. Through this can be glimpsed the self fighting the self, desire and darker intimations. Against any notion of "poetic truth" these poems luxuriate in the fabulous lie. Apparently.
Matthew Caley's "Thirst" (Slow Dancer, 1999) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Since then he has been Poet-in-Residence at the Poetry Society cafe and commended (3rd and 2nd) in separate National Poetry Competitions. His second full-length collection, "The Scene of My Former Triumph" (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), was followed by a third, "Apparently" (2010), from Bloodaxe Books. He has also co-edited "Pop Fiction: The Song in Cinema" with Stephen Lannin (Intellect, 2005). In a previous life - in Newcastle - he designed record sleeves including Prefab Sprout's debut, Swoon. He now lives, works and writes in London.
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