Dirge for an Imaginary World

Dirge for an Imaginary World

— Poems by Matthew Buckley Smith
(with a Foreword by Greg Williamson)

First full-length poetry collection from Matthew Buckley Smith. Winner of the 2011 Able Muse Book Award, selected by Andrew Hudgins. Now available from Able Muse Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Foyles, and other online and offline bookstores worldwide.



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Matthew Buckley Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the winner of the Able Muse Book Award, 2011, for his Manuscript, Dirge for an Imaginary World, forthcoming from Able Muse Press, Spring 2012. He earned his MFA in poetry at the Johns Hopkins University. His poems have appeared, or will soon appear in various magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Iron Horse Literary Review, Measure, The Alabama Literary Review, Think Journal, and Best American Poetry 2011. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Joanna.


14 Jul

Beauty is found in things at times

Published by Matthew Buckley...

Joshua Beckman wrote another book, and I wrote a review. It's long, but Smartish Pace kindly published it today.


21 Jul

Review in The Journal

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Ryan Wilson kindly wrote a review of Dirge for an Imaginary World in The Journal. Here's a link:


In the same issue, I wrote a review of Alan Shapiro's collection, Night of the Republic. Here's that:


Thanks to Ryan and The Journal!

18 Feb

32 Poems Blog

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32 Poems has been kind enough to post an essay of mine on Maryann Corbett's fine poem, "Campus and Dinkytown."

21 Sep

Baltimore Fishbowl: The Lit Parade

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How kind of Baltimore musician/critic/hair model Joseph Martin to mention both Joanna's book and mine in his new column.
Thanks, Joe.

02 Aug

Armchair Audience

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A kind stranger featured a poem from the book on his blog. If he feels about poems the way he does about movies, then this was a fine compliment.

17 Jul

Deus Lux Mea Est

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Catholic University has charmingly posted a small thing about me. Thanks, Catholic University.

03 Jul

Cumberland Plateau

Published by Matthew Buckley...

Joanna and I are happy to be getting ready for the Sewanee Writers' Conference, which is coming up at the end of the month. Our fellow scholars look to be a pretty intimidating crowd, so I'll be glad to have Joanna's charm on hand to win their affection. If anyone else is headed there, please let us know. We'll be glad of the friendly company.

15 Jun


Published by Matthew Buckley...

A pleasant surprise from Verse Daily: http://www.versedaily.org/2012/highwaymedians.shtml