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The Miracle Machine

The Miracle Machine

Matthew Pennock

Winner of the 2019 Gival Press Poetry Award

Poetry collection.

Named one of the Best Book of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews.

Listen to an interview with Matthew Pennock about The Miracle Machine with Katherina Pappas  of Kirkus Reviews. Follow the link below; the interview begins at 00:19:05 to 00:22:57.

"Like a constellation in which perception and purpose are stars, The Miracle Machine is a fantastic poetic work.

Marrying poetry with fantasy, Matthew Pennock’s The Miracle Machine is a phenomenal trip that loops through time, following love and searching for meaning."

—Foreword Review/Clarion Rating: ★★★★★

"19th-century automaton and other museum exhibits narrate this collection of poems . . .. Uncanny, heart-wrenching, and beautifully crafted poems by an original voice.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Vast in scope, passionately imagined, and constructed with as much ingenuity as the famed contraption at its narrative’s heart, Matthew Pennock’s second book hints at serious ontological questions as it invents its hero’s journey from automaton to autonomy. Like all contrivances that simulate human life, Pennock’s synthetic boy compels us to interrogate our own materiality, and to ask, if we are all just portions of the twisting / stew of particles and light assembled by mechanical chance, then what puts the lonely in us? Packed with insight and wit and told by a congress of oddities—the narration travels back and forth in time and juggles various perspectives, including that of a trained seal, a fortune teller machine, and both halves of P.T. Barnum’s bogus mermaid—The Miracle Machine is an irresistible, at times provocative, and often powerfully affecting book.”

—Timothy Donnelly, author of The Problem of Many

Dramatic reading of the book with actors. Click on the YouTube link:



Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Poetry

Foreword Book Indies Awards for Poetry & Fantasy

Eric Hoffer Awards for Poetry & Fantasy

University of North Texas Rilke Prize

CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry

Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry 

Independent Press Award for Poetry

2021 Housatonic  Book Award for Poetry

2021 Levis Reading Prize

2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Poetry

2021 Paterson Poetry Prize

2021 Pushcart Prize for poem "Stretching Cosmological Space" 

Matthew Pennock

Listen to an interview with Matthew Pennock about "The Miracle Machine" with Katherina Pappas  of Kirkus Reviews. Follow the link below; the interview begins at 00:19:05 to 00:22:57.

About the Author:
Matthew Pennock is the author of "Sudden Dog" (Alice James Books, 2012), which won the Kinereth-Gensler Award. As per the terms of that award, he joined the board of Alice James Books in 2011, In 2014, he co-created AJB's editorial board with executive editor Carey Salerno, and then became the board's first chairperson, a position he held until 2020. He received his MFA from Columbia University and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His poems have been widely published in such journals as Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics, New York Quarterly, LIT, and elsewhere. He currently owns and operates a learning center outside of Washington, D.C.

Matthew Pennock
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