Poet Matt McBride visited UC Clermont to read from his first book City of Incandescent Light; the first visiting author of this Spring’s Poetry Series.
The event, hosted in UCC’s Park National Bank Art Gallery, was open to all students, staff and faculty. UCC Dean, Jeff Bauer, even made an appearance.
McBride received his MFA in poetry from Bowling Green University and his PhD in comparative literature from UC. He now works as an instructor for Wilson College’s English department.
His poetry encapsulates the contradictory and elusive nature of the world by grounding it in concrete description. One of the many themes running throughout his book being the emotional aftermath of his divorce, about which he writes, “We are all just trying / to make it through yesterday.”
After reading from a selection of his poetry, McBride answered questions from the audience about his influences, inspiration, mindset and process while writing this book.
When asked what advice he would give to poets struggling to get published, McBride said, “You need a kind of faith to be a poet.” Stressing that poetry is an objective artform and that one must recognize the value of their own work, despite overwhelming rejection.
He also credited his success to the community of poets and creatives that helped to push his work forward.
“If you want to make it work,” he said, “ you’ve got to hustle.”