Love, Transcription (4 of 5)

by Maureen Alsop

Author’s Note: The images correspond with poems (prewritten, for example in relation to the featured poem “Love, Transcription”). One image “Whilst I am Working Do Not Disturb” was a found text conceived in an office of cubicles by a co-worker, John White.

The collection as a whole contends with insolvency, disintegration, a recalibration toward:

Ambled, open architecture, this was Human evidence, or admonition.

First, the body’s landscape:

            Q: Up-close?
            A: Longing.

            Q: Or by distance?
            A: Static circuitry, sun upon sea.

            A: Irrevocable thinning of hunger.
            A: Invisible grass.
            A: Lips—what your mouth recites, the dead.

[Editor’s Note: Matter Press will be publishing five (5) images/text that are part of the Love, Transcription series, one a week, for five weeks. 4 of 5.]

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Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of three full collections of poetry including Mantic, Apparition Wren, Mirror Inside Coffin (forthcoming). Her visual poetics have appeared in Superstition Review, Drunken Boat and Snakeskin Review. Her poems have appeared widely in a variety of journals including New Delta Review, Typo, and Barrow Street. Her recent awards include the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Prize. www.maureenalsop.com.


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

New titles available from Robert McBrearty and Tori Bond.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now CLOSED. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period next opens March 15, 2020; submit here.


02/17 • Madison Frazier
02/19 • Gail Geopfert
02/20 • Maureen Alsop (8 of 12)
02/24 • Kenneth Pobo
02/26 • Miranda Campbell
02/27 • Maureen Alsop (9 of 12)
03/04 • John Meyers
03/05 • Maureen Alsop (10 of 12)
03/09 • Grant Faulkner
03/11 • Maureen Alsop
03/12 • Maureen Alsop (11 of 12)
03/16 • Tara Laskowski
03/05 • Maureen Alsop (12 of 12)
03/23 • Kim Chinquee
03/25 • Lucinda Kempe