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Moon Grammar

Matthew Porto

In the opening poem of Matthew Porto’s dazzling debut collection, we hear the voice of the recurring angel figure for the first time, commanding us to “Get used to the light.” That light—blinding, mysterious, unsettling, but occasionally illuminating—shows up again and again in Porto’s taut, elegant poems.

“This story begins as it ends, with me…waiting for what all of us spend our whole lives waiting for: to not be alone anymore.”

—Rubén Degollado