The Mysterious Human Heart by Matthew Dickman

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Chautauqua Poets and Writers hosted the visit of Matthew and Michael Dickman to Ashland, Oregon on October 28, 2010. Cathy DeForest and Derek Pyle of Jubilation Press letterpress printed this poem in honor of their visit. The Mysterious Human Heart by Matthew Dickman The produce in New York is really just produce, oranges and cabbage, celery and beets, pomegranates with their hundred seeds, carrots and honey walnuts and thirteen varieties of apples. On Monday morning I will walk down to the market with my heart insides me, mysterious, something I will never get to hold in my hands, something I will never understand. Not like the apricots and potatoes, the albino asparagus wrapped in damp paper towels, their tips like the spark of a match, the bunches of daisies, almost more weed than a flower, the clementine, the sausage links and chicken hung in the window, facing the street where my heart is president of the Association for Random Desire, a series of complex yeas and nays where I pick up plantain, the ginger root, the sprig of cilantro that makes me human, makes me a citizen with the right to vote, to bear arms, the right to assemble and fall in love. From the “All American Poem” c 2008 Used by permission of The American Poetry Review, Philadelphia.

Artist Bio

Matthew Dickman has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards. His first book, All-American Poem, was winner of the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry, published by American Poetry Review. Matthew lives in Portland, Oregon. Located in Ashland, Oregon, Jubilation Press is an independent letterpress printing company that focuses on poetry broadsides and artist books. Poet Derek Pyle and artist Cathy DeForest, select poems that create meaning in people's lives and inspire reflection. They have printed works by US Poet Laureates, local poets and their own poetry since 1995, often raising money for various social causes through the sale of their works. Cathy also teaches artists’ books and printmaking.