Points of Reference

Front cover

by Matthew James Babcock

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-228-6
  • $8.50 US paperback
  • $0.99 US ebook coming Fall 2016

In POINTS OF REFERENCE, Matthew James Babcock takes us on a roadtrip through poems as vast and straight as Montana highways. On this roadtrip, the sun is unleaded. The air smells of diesel and thawed manure. The laughter of fifth graders accompanies the migration of crows. POINTS OF REFERENCE takes us to a land where a park-invasion by teenagers transforms into the Battle of Agincourt, where Henry Ford is simultaneously reviled and revered, and where family still – always – comes first.


MATTHEW JAMES BABCOCK teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, where he lives with his wife and five children. His scholarly work can be found in Private Fire: The Ecopoetry and Prose of Robert Francis and in The Journal of Ecocriticism. For poetry, he has received the Dorothy Sargent Poetry Award, and his creative nonfiction has been listed as “notable” in Best American Essays (2012 and 2015). His novella “He Wanted to Be a Cartoonist for The New Yorker” won first prize in Press 53’s annual competition and will be included in his debut fiction collection, Future Perfect, forthcoming from Queen’s Ferry Press in October 2016.


“…His chapbook, Points of Reference, explores themes of family and the landscape of the Rocky Mountain northwest and includes poems that earned him the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award…”

Utah State Today


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