China Beach

“Matlin's China Beach is a poem—a series of poems—that goes like all real poetry, all the way, to give us a political/mental/visceral mapping of the fate of America, its people, & the other worlds on which it has impinged in the course of our lifetimes. The poetry/history combine that marks the best side of the American poetry here finds a new & unrelenting voice.” -Jerome Rothenberg

“Matlin's poetry: Unremitting particular powers of the human long before it got lost in the junk—where a bird can still sing it.” -Robert Creeley

“Scary, brave, sad stuff, like the head of an unsuccessful window-suicide, talking up at you from its smashed body on the ground.” —Woodstock Times