About

I’m Matt Hagelmann. That’s my pen name. My real name is Matt Hagemann.

18 responses to “About

  1. Your blog is interesting. I like the way you use imagery in your poems to give pictures that stand alone in my mind yet all connect seamlessly.

    I write, too. But I’m not that great, and I have only been (seriously) writing for about three years.

    • Thanks! I’m often amazed at the power of words, mere sounds and symbols, to evoke so much more. I hope you keep writing — and don’t always write “seriously” — write joyfully, comically, playfully! Best advice I have: do what doesn’t feel like work. Do whatever feels satisfying just to do it, disregarding any outcomes. If it feels like work, or you’re doing it just to get reactions from others, that may not be who you really are. What is natural for you, what seems to come to you automatically, that may be a clue as to what things are most fitting for you, and what things feel the best to you. And try not to judge your early writings as harshly as I judged my own for too-long a time. As long as you’re writing honestly, openly, there is wisdom and brilliance in your writing (even if it takes a couple years’ perspective to see that value, as it does for me).

  2. You indeed have something good going on here…I’m an architect by day and poet by night(well some nights lol)so i would be more than happy to get your criticism on my stuff here on WP (that never gets Freshly Pressed lol).. http://poetryvace.wordpress.com/

  3. Ha! You are indeed a wit and quite possibly a bon vivant … I rather like the name Matt “Hedge Man,” it has purpose to it. My name has no purpose to it, other than to attract crazy people … or perhaps I do that on my own and my name isn’t to blame? See, it’s a chicken and egg thing. Anyway, I love this and … indeed … you do write beautifully, young Hedge Man, and Okalulu County (or whatever, I can’t skim up there at the moment … well, I could, but I didn’t) doesn’t deserve you, albeit you are their pie-eating laureate (or was it poet?). Keep on blogging … you’re brilliant!

  4. Your blog is very interesting, and your writing is engaging. 🙂

  5. “dependent-clause macrame”

    Yeah, that’s fun… I really prefer Underwater Conjunction Weaving 😀

  6. Glad to have found you here Matt. Lots to explore. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop by).

  7. Your title of the blog for the Leydig Center brings to mind an item that came in one day. The combined life experiences and education of a doctorate, an engineer, and a couple masters degrees (all volunteers)
    could not figure out what it was. Thanks so much for choosing The Leydig Center for one of your blogs. I found the pictures engaging and the comments full of wit and information. With a store as eclectic as ours, it could provide material forever, especially as the items change all the time. Many times we have a great laugh at an item that we either cannot figure out, or sometimes when we actually do know what it is which is even funnier.

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  9. Interesting blog! I’m one of the many others sharing the same name and that’s how I found this post. I’ve often wondered how people would pronounce it over there, but I guess I know now. In Germany (where I still am) it is pronounced hah-guh-man. Hag is indeed a German word for a hedged terrain or settlement often with thorny bush, which explains the related words such as Hagedorn (maythorn) or Hagebutte (dogrose).

    • Sorry it took me a while to respond, but I appreciate your commenting here. I was glad to learn about the Hagedorn and the Hagebutte — I’ve never heard from an actual German Matt Hagemann before! I first heard that “hah-guh-man” pronunciation not from my family but from my German-speaking professors at the University of Illinois. Is this name more common in certain parts of Germany than others?

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