William Matthews

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

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  • Elizabeth Smith (4/26/2014 1:45:00 PM)

    He was my stepfather-can't say you would have loved to have met him-he did have a great sense of humor and was brilliant. Still..complicated soul, let's just say that.

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  • Joseph Harlacher (2/11/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    I was sad to see you had passed on. I too coil like a snake ready to strike with the venom of tomorrow.

  • V P Mahur (2/11/2014 2:24:00 AM)

    I like the poem 'I Like'. lovely

  • Martin O'Neill (2/11/2012 5:18:00 AM)

    Just beautiful writing to gladden the soul from having read it. I would so have loved to have met him. The world is a poorer place without him.

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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