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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

Black Calculus

Publication Date: February 2021


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Black Calculus was originally published by Nomadic.

Black Calculus is about the essence of what connects us to each other, as well as to the living environment that surrounds us. This collection focuses on the love that is devoted to the dream of justice for all and the mandate to love one another.


Black Calculus is indeed the fabrics of space singing to you. And you can find Mr. Mattox, in a poem, picking tea leaves from the cities’ jungle floors, returning with lyrics of fate. He must have written these poems for a bandstand. He must have raised himself in a saxophone case.
Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes and someone’s dead already

Falling, shifting, carrying,” are just some of the themes you should expect from Norm Mattox’s collection Algo Rhythms: Mathmattox Love Poems. Here the poet expresses all the ways we use the word love by pulling it through the ringer of constructs we have created around it. If you are in need of a wakeup call, this collection is for you.
Thomas Fucaloro, author of “The Only gardening I Do is When I Give Up

Norman Mattox’s poems are full of empathy, synergy, ebullience, accrual, hopefulness, longing, deep feeling, and sonic invention. Like the wonderful poem by Pablo Neruda “The Chair,” Mattox’s poems resonate with history, the oft-felt but seldom voiced, the love-filled and the ineluctable. When I read his work, I want to play the saxophone. And if this is a musician’s book, it is also -and powerfully—a griot’s praise song.
Kenneth A. McClane, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature Emeritus, Cornell University

Norm Mattox writes elegant poem/equations with answers we need for the deep corrections. “stories change lives, the village narratives integrate the world” Mattox is a master poem architect. I encourage you to settle for a while in the stunning spaces he creates.
K Shuck, author of “in the era of covid, under a smoke filled sky” and 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco

About the Author

Norm Mattox

Norm Mattox is a poet. He served as a bilingual educator in the public school system of San Francisco Unified School District for over 30 years. Though retired, Norm is a teacher ('maestro' in Spanish) for life. His poetry is a journey through the voices that tell a story of love in a time of struggle and challenge. Norm has shared his poetry as a featured reader, at open mics around the San Francisco Bay Area, select venues in New York City and other parts of the world across the ‘zoom universe’. Norm's poetry has been published in two chapbooks. His first collection is titled, Get Home Safe, Poems for Crossing the Community Grid. Norm's second chapbook length collection is titled Black Calculus, published in 2021 by Nomadic Press. An audiobook by the same title was released in 2021.

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