by Matthew Stevens

ISBN: 9781544260631

Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Literature & Fiction/Poetry, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

Stagazer is the debut poetry collection by twenty-one year old, Matthew Stevens. It will take you on an evocative journey through the ups and downs of learning how to love. Stargazer focuses on themes of first love, unhealthy relationships, and mental illness.

Sample Chapter

gentle (part 1)

when i asked you to be gentle with my


you did so without hesitation.


your touch was so soft

it was as if i were

a fallen flower

you wanted to press

into your book

and save forever.



there is a sadness inside you

that drips like honey

sticky and sweet

on your lips



i wasn’t ready to leave you.


i’m not saying i wasn’t already

all packed up; i had been packing

pieces of myself away for

days by then.


what i am saying is

it’s getting harder to relocate them.

these boxes are too heavy and lately

trying to move one feels

like i am Atlas and it has been forever

since i have been holding the sky for you.


it used to be freeing to be the crease;

to hold the balance

of the stars meeting your feet.


i thought the punishment

was the weight

against my palms.


i was wrong.



(the punishment was limbo.)


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Author Profile

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens is a twenty-one year old poet and sexuality educator. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives in Oregon with his two year old cat, Eliza. His debut poetry collection, Stargazer, was released on April 12, 2017. Stargazer focuses on themes of unhealthy relationships, mental illness, and the ups and downs of learning how to love.

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