William Matthews

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

Poems of William Matthews

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

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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