In his first full-length collection of poetry, Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey, Mathias Nelson's poems take the reader on an emotional journey where they are asked to view the world they already know just slightly askew. Nelson's honest and clear writing takes head on the reader's preconceived notions of just about everything imaginable from family and children to societal convention and the literary world. The reader learns early on that nothing is as expected, nothing predictable, and nothing sacred.
Mathias Nelson's poetry makes me excited about the US poetry scene again. This is the real deal, ladies and gentlemen, the kind of poems that make you forget that the whole art form is dying on its feet, makes you think that maybe—just maybe—that this Mathias guy with his beautiful, fucked up, dazzling poems could be part of something that will shake the whole scene to its foundations.
—Tony O'Neill, author of DOWN AND OUT ON MURDER MILE
Poetry should make you feel, and that is exactly what the powerful and plain-spoken poems in Mathias Nelson's Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey do. They make you feel deeply, sometimes like you have been kicked in the crotch, but feel nonetheless. This is the first poetry book in a long time that you can embrace one moment and throw across the room the next—the one thing, however, I guarantee you won’t do is put it down.
—Raymond Hammond author of POETIC AMUSEMENT