Poetry in Motion: Matt Rader + Ghosthawk

Matt Rader’s newest book of poetry, Ghosthawk (Nightwood Editions) has been touted by Jan Zwicky as a book of “profound humility and intense vision.” A collection about wildflowers, relationships, and heartbreak, Ghosthawk soars while remaining rooted in the canyons and woodlands of the Okanagan Valley. Read on for more about the book and to hear Rader read “Goshawk” from his book. 


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 Ghosthawk is a guidebook of imagination from grasslands to star fields to the weather of the poet’s body. Where’s home in the crises of ecological collapse and mortal illness? Where’s joy with constant pain, a future blurred by smoke? Carrying these questions, Matt Rader wrote down the names of the wildflowers he met in the mountains, canyons and woodlands of his home in the Okanagan Valley. These poems are what he learned, the directions as he can best describe them.

Matt reads “Goshawk” from Ghosthawk


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Matt Rader is an award-winning author of four volumes of poetry and a collection of stories, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This (Nightwood Editions, 2014). His work has appeared in Best Canadian PoetryGeistThe WalrusWales Arts ReviewThe Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review. Rader is a core member of the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan where he lectures in creative writing. He lives in Kelowna, BC.

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Ghosthawk is available for purchase here on All Lit Up >>>