It was with a sense of shock that I heard of the tragic death of Brisbane poet Matthew John Davies last Thursday night. Like many who are expressing their shock and sorry today I never meet Matthew in person but we had corresponded extensively online discussing poetry, film (The Thin Man was a mutual favourite) and music. I had asked him for material for P76 and Social Alternatives and was looking forward to publishing him.
Matthew had been published in Page Seventeen, Skive Magazine, Rabbit, Regime and a number of other online and print magazines and journals.
A slection of his work can be found on his blog The Mystery I Cannot Change Right Now. There is also recordings of Matthew reading a number of his poems (along with recordings of Francis Webb who was one his favourite poets) on his Sound Cloud page: https://soundcloud.com/matthew-john-davies
Rochford Street Review expresses our sincere condolences to Matthew’s family and friends.
– Mark Roberts