An Interview with Matthew Hill


If you had to choose only one poem to keep you company on a deserted island, what would it be?

Right now I would probably choose "In My Craft or Sullen Art" by Dylan Thomas.  The succinctness of the imagery, the "writerly" argument, the break of the lines, the senses of resolution and abandonment that are continually at tension hereevery time I return to this poem I'm rejuvenated.

What body of work or poet has been influential for your development as a poet?

I've been particularly struck with the work of Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Ted Hughes, Italo Calvino, W.G. Sebald, and (more recently) Joshua McKinney, Lisa Ciccarello, and Sara Eliza Johnson.  Music is also an enormous influence on me, and the emotional textures of the oeuvres of Burial, The Field, and Tycho in particular have definitely informed my writing.