Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Father’s Day, from Copper Canyon in Fall 2019, as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose. He is editor at large at Wave Books, where he edits contemporary poetry, prose, and translations. He teaches in the MFA and English Department at Saint Mary’s College of California.


photo credit: B.A. Van Sise


dear hidden gems
riding on the bus

your green glow
has something to say

to the artificial mind
alive in those buildings

where time’s spiders
were invented to eat

the continual terrible
boredom we emanate

looking down at our phones
instead of a tree

under that cloud
that looks like a door

Matthew Zapruder, “The Antidote to Fascism is Poetry.” Reprinted with the permission of the author. All rights reserved.