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Carlo Matos, Poet and MMA Cage Fighter!

Carlo Matos, Poet and MMA Cage Fighter and BlazeVOX Author!

Read all about him in This Magnificent Life (Aus)


Q: How does MMA cage fighting, the most brutal sport around inform and affect your poetry and life?


   MMA is the thing that makes my life tenable. When I train, I get rid of all the stress. I get to do something that requires a great deal of focus and mental acuity but has nothing at all to do with words or ideas. It clears my mind and makes me a better teacher, husband, and most importantly, dad. My fighters all think I'm a mellow guy, which is hilarious because anyone who knew me before I did MMA would have a very different response. Recently, however, I have been interested in writing about MMA. It's actually much harder than I thought. Again, I'm not doing non-fiction pieces. But, my new manuscript actually has a character who is an MMA fighter and so you get some musings and some scenes about it and about fighting. But it certainly isn't - at least thus far - a good subject matter for my poetry. 

Buy his book, Counting Sheep Till Doomsday

Carlo Matos has published poems in 5x5, kill author, The Houston Literary Review, Radiant Turnstile, DIAGRAM, The Mad Hatters' Review, and narrative (dis)continuities, among others. He is the author of a previous collection of poems entitled, A School for Fishermen (BrickHouse Books). He teaches writing at the City Colleges of Chicago by day and competes in MMA by night. On his off hours he can be found entertaining clients at the Chicago Poetry Brothel.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 100 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-083-5

$16 Buy it from Amazon here

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Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow by Jennifer C. Wolfe Reviewed

Here is the latest review on Somewhere over the Pachyderm Rainbow, featured in Big Bridge online magazine’s 15th anniversary edition. Written by Lynn Alexander from Full of Crow Poetry   Hurray!  :-)

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BlazeVOX interviewed on Best American Poetry


Check out Best American Poetry's, Meet the Press: Nin Andrews in conversation with Geoffrey Gatza of BlazeVOX


Best American Poetry: Interview 

Meet the Press: Nin Andrews in conversation with Geoffrey Gatza of BlazeVOX

Go here to read the whole interview!!!! 


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Springish12 coverAlso, be sure to Go to Blaze's


BlazeVOX12, Springish 2012, an online journal 





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