Matt Nagin

Matt Nagin’s poetry has been published in Antigonish Review, Dash Literary Journal, The Charles Carter, Grain Magazine and Arsenic Lobster amongst other magazines. His first poetry collection, Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight, was released in 2017 and has obtained very strong reviews. More info at





I Sing

I sing in the mountains

and on the prairie of wild

desire. I sing from the coffins

and in the legislation bottleneck.

I sing in a universe of malevolent

intensity. I sing like a bandit among

tortured sheep. I sing to defy the

clocks and rescue an angel.

I sing among the barricaded so as

to point the way toward fences

with wings. I sing to a unicorn

confronting the sadness of desire.

I sing to a prisoner rescued by mad

dreams. I sing for us all and for no

one and for the soft tabernacle

of despair and I sing because I am

free and the hawk that dives for the

worm and misses can yet rise again.


© 2018 Matt Nagin