Dressed in Protective Fashion

“Matlin’s work is not a comfortable ‘read’-in fact it is not a ‘read’ at all-but an initiation, possibly, into the predatory condition of one’s own vitality. It is a poetry that bears witness to the occluded stain of violence across American life, local and historical; its means are an ear that is tense and accurate, and an attention, particular, conscientious, and cleansing.” -Charles Stein, poet

“There are wonderful stories along the way, too, interwoven with sound lore from further south as well as old corporate America, voiced approximate to those lost worlds in struggle to speak in the face of an alien one:” – John Clarke, poet