Matthew Tordoff

  • January 27, 2018By Matthew Tordoff

    the first boy that kissed me held my shoulders down like the handlebars of the first bicycle he ever rode i was five he had the smell of starvation on his lips which he picked up from his father feasting on his mother at 4 a.m. he was the first boy to teach me my

  • January 16, 2018By Matthew Tordoff

    Dungeons and Dragons has often been thought of as a game for nerds, who play make-believe in their basements. But the current iteration of D&D, as well as the support it has seen across social media, has clearly proven this stereotype isn’t true. The game has been made accessible to a modern audience through shows

  • January 16, 2018By Matthew Tordoff

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is revered as a cult classic. With a TV revival, multiple productions on-stage and a catchy soundtrack, what’s not to love? After re-watching though, something caught my eye — the standout character (Dr Frank-N-Furter) is nothing more than an amalgamation of dated stereotypes. Yet, the campy performance, garish make-up and revealing

  • December 29, 2017By Matthew Tordoff

    I enjoy ‘people watching’ – it’s always a useful tool when I need inspiration for characters. But, the idea of being alone, with strangers, was the ‘super-glue’ that pulled all these ideas/traits together, and the finished product is this poem. It’s about feeling isolated, while also being surrounded by different strangers – which is ironic

  • December 14, 2017By Matthew Tordoff

    I admire your words, you let them grow ripe, pluck them when ready, let them fester in silence, I despise them. You dismiss me as young, because you can patronise me, because when you said The Monkees, I thought Arctic Monkeys, because I’ll never submit to your archaic ways, you loathe me for having opinions that aren’t

  • December 1, 2017By Matthew Tordoff

    It’s important to note that Taylor Swift is problematic. She has said and done problematic things — there’s no other word for it. She’s problematic. But with the release of Reputation, the media have begun scrutinizing and shaming her over every minute detail, which they do each time she steps back into the spotlight. It’s no