Hotel Man, By Matt Mauldin, 30 pgs.

Jul 20, 2021

This is the second book of poems by Matt Mauldin, formerly of Car Vs. Driver. Matt’s style is hard to pin down because he does everything well—“Wax Casting” is a straightforward narrative, in direct contrast to “Summer Camp,” which appears at first to be linear but seamlessly moves around in time. I think the through-line here is ultimately the denseness of imagery that Mauldin incorporates: lines and phrases pack emotional punch in their duality and rattle around in my head for days after I’m finished reading. –Michael T. Fournier (Four Feathers Press,