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

No Return

I like divorce. I love to compose
letters of resignation; now and then
I send one in and leave in a lemon-
hued Huff or a Snit with four on the floor.
Do you like the scent of a hollyhock?
To each his own. I love a burning bridge.

I like to watch the small boat go over
the falls -- it swirls in a circle
like a dog coiling for sleep, and its frail bow
pokes blindly out over the falls' lip
a little and a little more and then
too much, and then the boat's nose dives and butt

flips up so that the boat points doomily
down and the screams of the ...

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No Return

I like divorce. I love to compose
letters of resignation; now and then
I send one in and leave in a lemon-
hued Huff or a Snit with four on the floor.
Do you like the scent of a hollyhock?
To each his own. I love a burning bridge.

I like to watch the small boat go over
the falls -- it swirls in a circle

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