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. Job Interview 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. 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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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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