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These are not the potatoes of my youth 101

Happy publishing day to Matthew Walsh and their poetry collection These are not the potatoes of my youth. This collection takes a long, hard look at what queer means to them and how the world has shaped them, set against the backdrop of their grandfather’s potato garden.

We at Goose Lane Editions wanted to take some time to showcase this amazing debut and we’ve planted a few recent seeds we found online which compliment this impressive crop of poetry.

 Take a look below!


Matthew Walsh on the front of Quill & Quire's April Magazine


Matthews' words flow like verse even in interviews. Check out this Q and A they kindly agreed to, published on Plenitude Magazine.


 “I don’t care what people say about me personally anymore, I found my own mouth which speaks for me,” reads a line in this collection.


CBC Books has it featured in their 20 works of Canadian poetry to check out in spring 2019.


“Speckled with Maritime vernacular, Walsh's poems delve into the nature of queer identity, family structure and self-determination using elements of humour, surprise and frankness.”


49th Shelf has listed the collection in their Most Anticipated Spring Poetry Preview 2019.

“Matthew Walsh explores queer identity set against an ever-changing landscape of what we want, and who we are, were, and came to be.”


The Toronto Star looks at inner struggles and how poets question the world we live in.


 “The most affecting poems are about family, childhood and being gay in a town where homophobia is pervasive.”


If you want more poetry from Matthew Walsh check out these links!


That’s it for this installment of our 101 series. Stay tuned for further 101 survey courses in the coming days.

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