William Matthews

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

William Matthews Poems

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

Dire Cure

"First, do no harm," the Hippocratic
Oath begins, but before she might enjoy
such balm, the docs had to harm her tumor.
It was large, rare, and so anomalous
in its behavior that at first they mis-
diagnosed it. "Your wife will die of it
within a year." But in ten days or so
I sat beside her bed with hot-and-sour
soup and heard an intern congratulate

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