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Book: ‘It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments’ – Editor’s Note

It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments consists of a series of poems featuring women — some fictional, some nonfictional. There are bounty hunters, Battle Bots champs, werewolves, homunculi, escape artists, archers, and CIA bagwomen. Even Lucy, now an adult, attempts to come to terms with her systematic torturing of her childhood pal, Charlie Brown, and wonders why she never let him kick that football. And, of course, there are the scientists: Lise Meitner, Jane Goodall, Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Anning, and Caroline Herschel, to name a few. These are women who treat life as an experiment, who test their hypotheses carefully, who marvel at the often profound gap between theory and practice, and who conclude, finally, that a “blunderbuss or a bonfire /was no way to describe loving/the universe.”

About the Author

Carlo Matos is an Azorean-American writer. He has published four books: A School for Fishermen (BrickHouse Books), Counting Sheep Till Doomsday (BlazeVOX), Ibsen’s Foreign Contagion (Academica Press), and Big Bad Asterisk* (BlazeVOX). He has also published poems, stories and essays in The Conium Review, Saudade Review, Atticus Review, Paper Darts, Arsenic Lobster, Boston Review, Iowa Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Rhino, and Handsome among many others. Carlo is a professor at the City Colleges of Chicago and a teaching artist for the Rooster Moans Poetry Coop. He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD), and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is a winner of the Heartland Poetry Prize from New American Press, selected by Lee Anne Roripaugh. He currently lives in Chicago, IL where after hours he can be found entertaining clients at the one and only “Chicago Poetry Bordello” or writing poems on demand as a member of “Poems While You Wait”. For more about his work, please visit carlomatos.blogspot.com. Follow him on twitter @CarloMatos46.

Book Details

  • Title: It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments
  • Author: Carlo Matos
  • Publisher: Negative Capability Press
  • Date of Publication: February 13, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 64 pp

Source: PAJ with Carlo Matos

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