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Combustible Light
Matt Santateresa

“Santateresa’s poems [are] an ongoing meditation not only upon death but also on the role of language in the shaping, course and destiny of our lives.”
—Wayne K. Spear, Ash

“This is adult poetry, active poetry demanding the reader to be part of the poem. Political, family, fun, human, the poems in this body of work are a delight. And I use the term ‘body of work’ deliberately. It is indeed a body of work. Hard work and passionate work.”
– Jennifer Footman

Combustible Light represents a definition of the pastoral, bucolic, idyllic in its beautiful context (city and/or country), yet, as with Virgil, subverted by traits and characteristics of a world in which the writer himself and/or object itself, can not be whitewashed or obliterated by a pop-optimistic or romantic denial focusing on surface beauty alone. Knowledge, intuition, the poet’s voice, render beauty “combustible” by the very nature of mortality and transience. The poems run joyously immolate in the fire of language.

Matt Santateresa was born in Montréal and was educated at the University of Toronto and Concordia University. He has published two chapbook of poems: Traveller and The Other Side of Komodo Island. He presently works and teaches at Concordia University, Montréal.

poetry / trade paper / 72 pp / October 1999
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 0-921411-97-9 / $15.95