Salt Lake City Series #2 // Edited by Lindsey Webb
MATTY LAYNE GLASGOW
hyperpastoral, or shepherd’s pie
This hyperpastoral is part of a sequence that explores pastoral imagery and rhetoric in our daily lives, in this case through one of my favorite dishes and a shepherd as beloved. I filmed in City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City, UT for its urban pastoral charm: lush grasses, spring blossoms, and the bevy of dogs in the park below. Many thanks to Gulf Coast, where this poem first appeared.
Matty Layne Glasgow is the author of deciduous qween (Red Hen Press, 2019), selected for the Benjamin Saltman Award by Richard Blanco. He is a former Vice Presidential Fellow and current Jeff Metcalf Humanities in the Community Fellow at the University of Utah where he’s pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing. He also currently serves as the Editor of Quarterly West and has coordinated the Wasatch Writers in the Schools program since 2019. Matty’s poems and essays have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Gulf Coast, Houston Public Media, the Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere.