After All: Last Poems by William Matthews

By William Matthews

This is often the touchingly entitled number of poems William Matthews had accomplished presently ahead of demise, simply after his fifty-fifth birthday in November 1997. Is demise ever solely unforeseen? now not, maybe, through a collector of expertise, a gourmand of language, who can consult with "death flickering in you're keen on a pilot light." In in any case, Matthews seems having a look his final on all issues wonderful: tune, nutrition and wine, love. within the wonderful relevant poem, "Dire Cure," which kinds one of those backbone to the publication, he describes the notable implications of the "heroic measures" that stored the lifestyles and restored the future health of his spouse from "a children's melanoma (doesn't that possessive holiday your heart?)." He inspires the demise of his favourite jazz musician, Charles Mingus. He speaks of cats, canine, pigs, sheep, of the earlier, of heritage, of joys proposed, yet in particular, along with his attribute comfy wit, of language and its quiddities: "My love says i feel too rattling a lot and perhaps she's right." finally is the final word from essentially the most pensive and scrumptious of all our poets.

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For behind they left a wailing, A terror and a ban, And blazing cinders sailing, And houseless households wan, Wide zones of counties paling, And towns where maniacs ran. Was it Treason's retribution Necessity the plea? They will long remember Sherman And his streaming columns free They will long remember Sherman Marching to the sea.  < previous page page_39 next page > 60 cover < previous page page_40 next page > Page 40 A CANTICLE: Significant of the national exaltation of enthusiasm at the close of the War.

Previous page page_11 next page > 32 cover < previous page page_12 next page > Page 12 DUPONT'S ROUND FIGHT. ) In time and measure perfect moves All Art whose aim is sure; Evolving rhyme and stars divine Have rules, and they endure. Nor less the Fleet that warred for Right, And, warring so, prevailed, In geometric beauty curved, And in an orbit sailed.  A type was here, And victory of LAW.  < previous page page_12 next page > 33 cover < previous page page_13 next page > Page 13 IN THE TURRET.

Where are the birds and boys?  The nuts O, long ere they grow again.  It is ravage and range, And gardens are left to weeds. Turned adrift into war Man runs wild on the plain, Like the jennets let loose On the Pampas zebras again. Like the Pleiads dim, see the tents through the storm Aloft by the hill-side hamlet's graves, On a head-stone used for a hearth-stone there The water is bubbling for punch for our braves. What if the night be drear, and the blast Ghostly shrieks?

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