Matt Margo Answers the Questionnaire (16)


How do you take your coffee?

Usually with a splash of milk or creamer and a spoonful of the powder that comes in pink packets and gives me cancer.

Tell us a little about the experience of making the work you have featured in REALITY BEACH.
The three poems I have featured in REALITY BEACH ISSUE ONE were written using the phrase “reality beach” as a sort of prompt. I composed a list of several other two-word phrases with a feeling similar to the feeling of “reality beach,” and then I narrowed that list down to the few phrases that seemed to describe me and/or another particular person in some way, and then I wrote each poem according to the phrases I’d chosen for it. How Ryan Gosling sneaked his way into all of the poems is a mystery to me.

Tell us about the poems you’ve been writing.
I’ve been working on two separate series of poems lately. One is a series of asemic poems with a vague motif of “reflection”; the other is a series of poems that I call sonnets but are not actually sonnets.

Where can we buy some?
A chapbook of my poems (Blueberry Lemonade, Bottlecap Press, 2015) can be bought at A book-length poem of mine (When Empurpled: An Elegy, Pteron Press, 2013) can be bought at

What’s the last thing you burned?
My tongue while guzzling a cup of coffee in the morning.

Where is your beach?
Somewhere within myself, but I’ve yet to find it.

What’s the best line on the fifth page of the poetry book closest to you?
“three days ago I watched our dog dig up your ashes” — from Beyza Ozer’s poem “motherfucker I’m ill” in their chapbook GOOD LUCK WITH THE MOON & STARS & STUFF.
What’s the last song you listened to?
“Stephen Hawking” by Lil B.

What is your favorite dance move? Please Describe.
Lil B’s “cooking dance” — it cannot be described, only experienced.

What’s the ebb reveal?

A single message consisting of just three letters. Sometimes the message is “IDK,” and sometimes the message is “FIN.”

You need to read Matt’s poems in REALITY BEACH ISSUE ONE now!