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My first collection of poetry was published in May 2017 by Matador.

Bathing Strictly Prohibited is a collection of poems from 2011-2016 (excluding Haiku) with a particular focus on poetry of place and memory.

It’s available in both paperback and e-book format via Amazon and other online retailers.

Here are some early reviews:

“Bathing Strictly Prohibited is a collection of observational poetry, full of beautiful language and unexpected but fitting comparisons. The words describe normal life, but the language employed makes each line feel extraordinary. It’s a short collection, and as I’m not the biggest fan of poetry as a literary form I was quite okay with that, but even in its shortness it manages to be a burst of inspiration.”

“There are many moments of sheer beauty, passages where the imagery is dreamy, almost idyllic; others where it goes so deep into the roots of being that we feel as if those moments were ours. And it’s exactly on those moments that we are most thankful Rhodes sees the world through the eyes of a poet, rather than, for instance, the lens of a camera. His book leaves two fantastic metaphors with me, I suspect for a very long time. Thank you, Matthew Rhodes, for your lake, and for your lemon tree.”

Thank you to everyone who’s bought a copy!