Between Here and Home by Matt Daly
Between Here and Home stitches together a narrative in soliloquies of a rural town struggling to hold onto community despite tragedy.
Laurie Kutchins, author of The Night Path & Slope of the Child Everlasting, BOA Editions Ltd., said, "It’s a delight to see, hear and sense all the genres come together so seamlessly in Matt Daly’s first book of poems. Between Here and Home has the fascinating plot and pacing of a novel, the compressed narrative energy of flash fiction, the essayistic themes of nonfiction, and the lyric, nuanced integrity of poetry. Daly has built a world here, and in doing so creates home and homage to a real but unnamed western place with its highway, river, KOA, homesteads, bar stools, its local characters and animals that both inhabit and haunt this place. It’s a compelling read whether from front to back as in fiction, or opening to any page as in poetry."
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Daly’s lyrical monologues feature a range of characters—an addict, a bartender, an artist, and more—intertwined by place and circumstance. These voices are also united by their recognition of how fragile our lives and physical bodies truly are. For all of his keen understanding of human psychology, Daly never loses sight of the natural world—it is bounding through the collection like deer across the highway. And though collisions with nature — and with each other — have the potential to break us, Daly reveals to us how like sunlight reflecting on a river, together our lives’ “pinpricks of light” can amass into a “greater lightness.”
Bethany Schultz Hurst, author of Miss Lost Nation
Between Here and Home is a resounding American song that makes pure music from the dark notes of kept secrets and the clashing chords of human love. Matt Daly is a maestro of the natural world, a heart-rending lyricist of beauty and belief. These poems take my breath away.
Alyson Hagy, author of Scribe
These poems are not just an eloquent narrative of the rural American West, they are a story of place and the people in it and an exploration of the relationships that make a small town. These, at times, impressionistic poems unfold with the forward motion that resists sentimentality and reveal heartbreak and wonder. Daly celebrates the West, but there is sorrow in equal measure. In language and form that are clear and true, Daly writes a kind of love letter to the West, and the people who shape it. Their voices form a kind of chorus to the landscape that asks them to bear witness.
Nina McConigley, author of Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the PEN Open Book Award