Matthew Abuelo's Forever Turn the Midnight Carousel is a head-spinning depiction of harshest reality in New York City. Reading his sequence of poetry and stories is like "visiting the world of the forgotten." In subway tunnels, psychiatric wards, and single occupancy rooms are individuals depicted in such brutal honesty by Abuelo that the reader cannot turn away or forget. Those of us fortunate enough to live "ordinary lives with ordinary fears" won't easily file away this writer's images-a "shut-in" dreading an eviction notice, a depressed tenant conceding "the instinct to survive but with no will to live," a suicidal pedestrian for whom no cab stops. Forever Turn the Midnight Carousel is poetic recognition of lives cordoned off from meaning by urban excess and corruption. Through his searing poems and unflinching narratives, Mathew Abuelo speaks for those who know "the voice can become a severed limb." His stark reminder of desperation just up the block or down the hallway is a jolting call for compassion.
--Judith Austin Mills, author of Accidental Joy: a streak of poetry, and the Texas Revolution trilogy How Far Tomorrow, Those Bones at Goliad and The Dove Shall Fly
With the opening lines of his new book, Forever Turn the Midnight Carousel, Matthew Abuelo asks "What do you see? / What do you see when you lift the drawn shades?" What lies in the poems and stories beyond the drawn shades is the universe of Mr. Abuelo's New York-its gutters, its streets, its skyscrapers-its people and their stories. It is a dizzying and urgent universe rendered in language just as urgent. These are words that will "dance forever" and "never die."
--Robert Pfeiffer, author of Bend, Break and The Inexhaustible Before
I have the privileged of reading yet another amazing work by Matthew Abuelo Midnight Carousel will take you on a colorful, yet deep, deep as a midnight sky, ride. The ever turning spiral of emotions are filled in every line, stanza and verse as you are brought high and then downward again. The love of a city that is wrapped up in the arms of an old lover, that is slowly deteriorating around some while flourishing around newfound mistresses of whose sole purpose is to dine on the fatted-calf. Matthew paints a glorious picture with words as he shows the side of the "city that never sleeps" that very few and only those true professionals who keep the midnight oil burning long after midnight ever see. I highly recommend reading Midnight Carousel and following this profound writer. I look forward to interviewing him again very soon."
--Mary E. Rapier, aka Art Sees Diner
About the Author
Matthew Abuelo is a writer, professional blogger and award winning poet best known for his observations on life in modern day New York. Born in Manhasset in 1975 to a father enlisted in the military, he and his family traveled throughout most of his childhood, living in army bases across the United States and Germany. After an early stint as a counselor for special needs children, Mr Abuelo began focusing more attention on his writing, developing his skills beyond poetry, to other genres including fiction and journalism. As an activist he helped organize the StrapHanger's campaign to fight for public transportation in Nassau County in the 1990's, has been involved in various campaigns within the peace movement after the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and has worked as an affordable housing advocate in New York City. Living in an SRO on the upper west side inspired him to write about his friends and neighbors, the remnants of bohemian New York, struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile and antagonistic world. His previous book The News Factory: Notes from a Dying City was published by Plain View Press in 2012. His two earlier books, Organic Hotels and Last American Roar, are available on lulu.com. A former journalist for the online news site Examiner.com, Mr. Abuelo currently writes for the Times Square Chronicles, a bi-monthly publication based in Hell's Kitchen.