Wednesday, February 15, 2017

At the Metropolitan Museum by Matthew Siegel

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February 15, 2017

At the Metropolitan Museum

Matthew Siegel

About This Poem


"This poem is about facing a felt experience that the conscious mind resists while the unconscious demands further inquiry. The mother in the poem is both an obstacle and a path to a greater presence of mind. The challenge is getting the consciousness in line with the project of feeling what a given moment asks of us so we can uncover its lessons."
—Matthew Siegel


Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015). He teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and lives in San Francisco, California.


Photo credit: Kari Orvik


Poetry by Siegel


Blood Work

(Univesity of Wisconsin Press, 2015) 

"Another Poem for Mothers" by Erin Belieu


"Chorus" by Catherine Barnett


"Ave Maria" by Frank O'Hara




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