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

Think you, if Laura had been Petrarch's wife
He would have written sonnets all his life?

"Where do you see yourself five years from now?"
the eldest male member (or is "male member"
a redundancy?) of the committee
asked me. "Not here," I thought. A good thing I
speak fluent Fog. I craved that job like some

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