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
Thanks Mark for you kind words about our son Matt. The world is richer for his short life. His poetry and the friendship of his fellow poets, sustained him. He was only recently able to get back to it. The severe facial pain from which he suffered had inhibited his writing. His memory and legacy will live on in his poems and in the thoughts of those who knew him.
Paul, Jenny and Mary Davies.