Matthew Sweeney has published several volumes of poetry and recently co-edited a poetry anthology called Emergency Kit. The Bridal Suite is a wonderful, assured collection, displaying the full range of the poet's quirky imagination. Many of the poems reflect the writers Irish origins, but this is a collection for anyone that loves contemporary poetry. It will stay in your memory long after you have read it.
There's not many poets who could take women, a feather, a trip to London, and a dream of having sex with a goat, and turn it into one of the bleakest, funniest poems I've read in years. Wry humour, and some disturbing images, combine to make this a fascinating collection. And he's a Tom Waits fan.
The Bridal Suite adds substantially to Sweeney's long pursued attachments to an "other" reality. Different voices, detached objects, and oddly juxtaposed artifacts make these poems always suprising, often disturbing and ultimately engaging to the reader. A wonderful collection.