William Matthews

(November 11, 1942 - November 12, 1997 / Cincinnati, Ohio)

William Matthews Poems

1. The Snake 4/28/2015
2. Drizzle 2/10/2015
3. Alcide 4/21/2010
4. A Walk 4/21/2010
5. A Small Room In Aspen 4/21/2010
6. A Life Of Crime 4/21/2010
7. Bedtime 4/21/2010
8. Foul Shots: A Clinic 4/21/2010
9. Eyes 4/21/2010
10. A Roadside Near Ithaca 4/21/2010
11. A Happy Childhood 4/21/2010
12. On The Porch At The Frost Place, Franconia, N. H. 1/13/2003
13. Poem (The Lump Of Coal My Parents Teased) 1/13/2003
14. Mingus At The Showplace 1/13/2003
15. The Blues 1/13/2003
16. Job Interview 1/13/2003
17. Dire Cure 1/13/2003
18. Homer's Seeing-Eye Dog 1/13/2003
19. No Return 1/13/2003
20. A Poetry Reading At West Point 1/13/2003
Best Poem of William Matthews

A Poetry Reading At West Point

I read to the entire plebe class,
in two batches. Twice the hall filled
with bodies dressed alike, each toting
a copy of my book. What would my
shrink say, if I had one, about
such a dream, if it were a dream?

Question and answer time.
"Sir," a cadet yelled from the balcony,
and gave his name and rank, and then,
closing his parentheses, yelled
"Sir" again. "Why do your poems give
me a headache when I try

to understand them?" he asked. "Do
you want that?" I have a gift for
gentle jokes to defuse tension,
but this was not the time to use ...

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Mingus At The Showplace

I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen
and so I swung into action and wrote a poem

and it was miserable, for that was how I thought
poetry worked: you digested experience shat

literature. It was 1960 at The Showplace, long since
defunct, on West 4th st., and I sat at the bar,

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