A Clock of Human Bones
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It is too simple to say that Matt Borczon knows the horrors of war. Many men and women carry battlefield scars on their bodies and in their souls. Matt holds the additional burden of the artist, condemned to search for meaning in a world shrunk to chaos and blood. It is as difficult to suggest the full power of his work as it is to forget the stories told in these spare poems. Borczon is a masterful poet and these poems will break your heart.
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Sep 9, 2016I have searched through volumes and volumes of poetry looking for a book that captures the complexities of the human animal in the war zone. A CLOCK OF HUMAN BONES by Matt Borczon is that, and so much more. Here you find an author delivering one honest line after another; the right word next to the right word; the right line next to the right line; the right poem next to the right poem...the end result is brutal and extraordinary! This book is not merely read, it gets under your skin, enters your bloodstream, and becomes a part of you.
Apr 4, 2016After I read Matthew Borczon’s A Clock of Human Bones, the “over there” of the war in Afghanistan was right here and I couldn’t look away. I flinched and winced, and I cried. These poems are plain-spoken, powerful. They are haunting because the poet himself is haunted with what he failed to accomplish - saving more people as a nurse in a combat hospital. In Mr. Borczon’s poem “Hypervigilance” he clearly states what he wanted (“…I would go to Afghanistan to help people…”) and how it did not happen, at least not to the extent he wished for. All the poems in this collection lament this terrible truth. There is nothing gratuitous or overdone in the language or the imagery. But nothing is simple either. And that is what makes these poems so deep and beautiful. I would say to Mr. Borczon that what he set out to do by going to Afghanistan was not in vain…his work is proof of that.
Mar 31, 2016I was given a complimentary copy of A Clock of Human Bones by Matthew Borczon from Yellow Chair Press. This is my first time experiencing Borczon’s work as well as a book from the Yellow Chair. That being said, this book did not disappoint. A Clock of Human Bones is a brutal archive of experiences of a soldier. There’s no sugarcoating here. Readers won’t be protected from the actual horrors of battle, and although that may turn some away, it is absolutely necessary. This book forces you into the gritty terror of what our veterans go through every day. A Clock of Human Bones is a 2015 Yellow Chair Chapbook Contest Winner, and after reading through this short but heavy collection, it is easy to see why it was selected. Borczon leaves you with images you won’t be able to let go of. He is a masterful poet weaving together fragments of bones, meat, and grissle. Each poem leaves a bit of grease on your hands, but like blood, it’s not something that’ll wash off so easily. Grab this book. You... More > won’t be disappointed. Your body will go through a rush of emotions, but you won’t be disappointed when you open this epic chapbook of poetry. This book is reality, and it’s something that I’m happy to have been able to read.< Less
Jan 24, 2016Matthew Borczon's "A Clock of Human Bones" belongs in our nation's schools.
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- Matthew Borczon (Standard Copyright License)
- Yellow Chair Press
- January 15, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.24 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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