Irksome Particulars by Matt Cook


Prose poetry

IRKSOME PARTICULARS is a collection of terse, forceful prose poems. Matt Cook’s fifth book explores a literary landscape that is at once comic, sad, outrageous, and quotidian. Finding inspiration every where (especially in history, philosophy, the workplace, and the neighborhood), Cook delivers a sensibility that is both surreal and every day, welcoming and expansive. This is a book to keep handy for re-reading and sharing.

“Matt Cook’s Irksome Particulars is hilarious, irreverent, and sad all at once…” —Robert Fitterman, author of Nevermind

“This is a book you will read over and over and never pin down—it floats weightlessly, despite the weight of its intricacies and gorgeously exquisite language.” —Dorothea Lasky, author of Rome

About the Author

Matt Cook is the author of four books of poetry: In the Small of My Backyard (Manic D Press, 2002), Eavesdrop Soup (Manic D Press, 2005), The Unreasonable Slug (Manic D Press, 2007), and PROVING NOTHING TO ANYONE (Publishing Genius Press, 2013). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet’s CaféThe United States of Poetry, and in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. Matt is the former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee, where he currently resides.

Additional information

Weight2.9 oz
Dimensions4 × 6 × .4375 in

4 x 6" paperback


108 pages