The Cox Family Poetry Chapbook Series
Carnegie Mellon, February 2022

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Poems on the everyday confusions of life. 

Matt Morton’s What Passes Here for Mountains presents a mind caught in the grips of spiritual crisis. These poems take the reader on a journey across locales ranging from the West Texas desert to the bustling streets of Rome, from the social realm of festivity and ritual to the privacy of the imagination. Along the way, the search for meaning and stability within a world in constant flux is enlivened by a surrealist vitality. Cézanne and Shakespeare’s Caliban commingle with indie rock musicians and Humpty Dumpty. A mystical encounter with an Edward Hopper painting meets the mundanity of waking again to one’s morning routine. Poems of wry self-deprecation are juxtaposed with quiet meditations on memory, grief, and the relationship between the self and the cosmos.