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Matthea Harvey

Shiver and You Have Weather

"You read Matthea Harvey not to help you understand the world," according to Remy Wilkins, "but to feel how strange it is, similar to the reasons for riding a teeter-totter." "Shiver and You Have Weather" comes from Harvey's second book of poems Sad Little Breathing Machine (2004). In it, says James Tate, "Matthea Harvey explores the strange and intricate mechanics of human systems—of the body, of thought, of language itself." Harvey, called by Publishers Weekly "a young poet to watch," has published two other collections, Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (2000), and Modern Life, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, and lives in Brooklyn. This animation was created by Joseph Kraemer. The poem is read here by Matthea Harvey.

To read this and other poems by Matthea Harvey, as well as biographical information about the poet, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.