Rohrer’s poems are known for their surreal imagery, imagination, and sharp humor. His book A Green Light was short-listed for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize; the judges noted that Rohrer’s poems “present us the sideways view of the world of a young American not able to assume the mantle of hero.” The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Rohrer has published his work in The New Young American Poets: An Anthology (2000), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006).
Rohrer teaches in the undergraduate writing program at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Poems By MATTHEW ROHRER
- Childhood Stories
- Poem Written with Bashō [“A photograph”]
- Poem Written with Bashō [“The sound of the water jar”]
- Poem Written with Buson [“How long and thin”]
- More poems by Matthew Rohrer (13 poems)
Articles By MATTHEW ROHRER
Audio & PodcastsPoem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poetry Off the Shelf
What do the Superbowl, pigs in a blanket, and Middle Earth have to do with Matthew Rohrer's poems?
November 2014: "You are in Ithaca, but you are not yet home"
The editors discuss Matthew Rohrer's "Poem with Basho," selections from Grigori Dashevsky's "Ithaca" (tr. Valzhyna Mort), and Dafydd ap Gwilym's "The Wind" (tr. Gwyneth Lewis); plus James Longenbach on the medium of the English language.