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Author: MATTHEWS, WILLIAM
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Matthews, William    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
120 poems available by this author


A HAPPY CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother stands at the screen door, laughing
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Childhood; Relatives


A LIFE OF CRIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Frail friends, I love you all!
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A NIGHT AT THE OPERA    Poem Text    
First Line: The tenor's too fat, the beautiful young
Subject(s): Opera


A ROADSIDE NEAR ITHACA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here we picked wild strawberries
Subject(s): Memory


A SERENE HEART AT THE MOVIES    Poem Text    
First Line: She strode to her car and turned the key and
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Car Bombs; Movies; Cinema


A SMALL ROOM IN ASPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Stains on the casements
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A STORY OFTEN TOLD IN BARS: THE READER'S DIGEST VERSION    Poem Text    
First Line: First I was born and it was tough on mom
Last Line: The life that matters not the one I've led
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Popular Culture - United States; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


A TELEGRAM FROM THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Caro those last few poems are dynamite
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: February on the narrow beach, 3:oo
Subject(s): Walking


ALCIDE SLOW DRAG PAVAGEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking with jesus the slow
Subject(s): Pavageau, Alcide Slow Drag (1888-1969)


ALICE ZENO TALKING, AND HER SON GEORGE LEWIS THE JAZZ CLARINETIST       
First Line: Now if all of you were gone
Subject(s): Jazz; Lewis, George (1900-1968); Music & Musicians


AN ELEGY FOR BOB MARLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: In an elegy for a musician
Subject(s): Marley, Robert Nesta (Bob) (1945-1981)


ANOTHER BEER    Poem Text    
First Line: The first one was for the clock
Last Line: Traveling on its tongue of / all the way home
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


APATHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking, you sag. Fatigue is different: the body, like steps
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


BEDTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Usually I stay up late, my time
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Sleep


BLUES FOR JOHN COLTRANE, DEAD AT 41    Poem Text    
First Line: Although my house floats on a lawn
Subject(s): Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians


BMP BMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Lugubriously enough they're playing
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians


BUD POWELL, PARIS, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd never seen pain for bland
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Paris, France; Powell, Bud (Earl) (1924-1966)


CHEAP SEATS, THE CINCINNATI GARDENS, PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: The less we paid, the more we climbed. Tendrils
Subject(s): Sports


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much of the great poetry
Subject(s): Civilization; Poetry & Poets


COLEMAN HAWKINS (D. 1969). RIP    Poem Text    
First Line: As if that sax
Subject(s): Hawkins, Coleman (1904-1969); Jazz; Music & Musicians


DRIVING ALONGSIDE THE HOUSANTONIC RIVER ALONE ON A RAINY APRIL NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember asking
Subject(s): Shadows; Automobiles; Cars


DRIZZLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Baudelaire: 'the dead, the poor dead, have their bad hours'
Subject(s): Smoking; Time; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


EXAMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine the hotel lucide, the set for the third act
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


EYES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The only parts of the body the same
Subject(s): Eyes


FOUL SHOTS: A CLINIC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Be perpendicular to the basket, / toes avid for the line
Subject(s): Sports


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 1. MONTEGO BAY, 10:00 P.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: A chandelier, a tiara
Subject(s): Cruise Ships


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 2. JAMAICANS POSING TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Illiterate esther watched me
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Jamaica, West Indies


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 3. A HAIRPIN TURN ABOVE READING, JAMAICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's where the fire truck fell
Subject(s): Jamaica, West Indies; Wealth; Politics & Government; Riches; Fortunes


FOUR POEMS ABOUT JAMAICA: 4. KINGSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: No photograph does justice, etc.
Subject(s): Kingston, Jamaica


HARVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: A few rats are gnawing
Subject(s): Rats; Food & Eating


HOMER'S SEEING-EYE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Most of the time he wrote, a sort of sleep
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Iliad; Odyssey


IN MEMORY OF THE UTAH STARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Each of them must have terrified
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Sports


IN MEMORY OF W.H. AUDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: His heart made a last fist
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973)


IOWA CITY TO BOULDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I take most of the drive by night.
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers


ISLA MUJERES    Poem Text    
First Line: The shoal we saw from the boat was fish;
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Dreams; Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Anglers; Nightmares


LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't oscar wilde who said, die my dear
Subject(s): Language; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary


LEFT HAND CANYON    Poem Text    
First Line: The rev. Royal filkin preaches
Subject(s): West (U.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


LEIPZIG, 1894       
First Line: We have only one portrait of bach - that genius
Subject(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750); Composers; Music & Musicians


LISTENING TO LESTER YOUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: It's 1958. Lester young minces
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Young, Lester ('prez') (1909-1959)


LIVING AMONG THE DEAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: First there were those who died
Subject(s): Death; Conduct Of Life; Dead, The


LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: It's about to be too late.
Subject(s): Time


LOYAL    Poem Text    
First Line: They gave him an overdose
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


MAIL ORDER CATALOGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pewter loons, ceramic bunnies, and faux bamboo
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


MEN AT NY FATHER'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The ones his age who shook my hand
Subject(s): Fathers; Funerals; Burials


MINGUS AT DIASPORA    Poem Text    
First Line: You could say, I suppose, that he ate his way out
Subject(s): Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Food & Eating


MINGUS AT THE HALF NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two dozen bars or so into better get it
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


MINGUS AT THE SHOWPLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Jazz; Mingus, Charles (1922-1979); Music & Musicians; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


MINISCULE THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thereís a crack in this glass so fine we canít see it
Last Line: A thirsty and beautiful woman. What a small world!
Subject(s): Imperfection


MISGIVINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps you'll tire of me, muses
Subject(s): Togetherness; Love - Complaints


MOOD INDIGO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From the porch; from the hayrick where her prickled
Subject(s): Farm Life; Longing; Agriculture; Farmers


MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, JULY    Poem Text    
First Line: Haze. Three student violists boarding
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


MOVING AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: At night the mountains look like huge
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Divorce


MY FATHER'S BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: First they take it away,
Subject(s): Fathers; Corpses; Funerals; Cremation; Cadavers; Burials


NABOKOV'S BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: The wallful of quoted passages from his work
Subject(s): Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977)


NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten kinds of wolf are gone and twelve of rat
Subject(s): Nature


NURSE SHARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since most sharks have no flotation bladders and must swim
Subject(s): Sharks


OLD FOLSOM PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: This could be scotland: a crag and far below
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


OLD RECORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Les shows me his new braun
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


ON A DIET    Poem Text    
First Line: The ruth of soups and balm of sauces
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Poetry & Poets


ON THE PORCH AT THE FROST PLACE, FRANCONIA, N.H.    Poem Text    
First Line: So here the great man stood
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


ONIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: How easily happiness begins by
Subject(s): Onions; Food & Eating


OPENING HER JEWEL BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: She discovers a finish
Subject(s): School; Cats; Jewels; Memory; Hair


OUTER SPACE    Poem Text    
First Line: If you could turn the moon
Subject(s): Moon


OXYMORONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer school, and jumbo shrimp, of course
Subject(s): Oxymorons


PHOTO OF THE AUTHOR WITH A FAVORITE PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind its snout like a huge button
Subject(s): Pigs; Photography & Photographers; Boars; Hogs


PIANO LESSONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the music is locked
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Pianos; Music Teachers


POEM ENDING WITH A LINE FROM DANTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow coming in parallel to the street
Subject(s): Anger; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


POEMS FROM LEFT    Poem Text    
First Line: There's something wrong that can't be salved
Subject(s): Language; Human Behavior; Words; Vocabulary; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


POEMS FROM RIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Right as rain yoju are, rain that shrivels
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG CLARINETTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a dull musician as a boy
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Clarinets


PROMISCUOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mixes easily, dictionaries
Subject(s): Language; Human Behavior; Words; Vocabulary; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


RETICENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once moths dusted these windows
Subject(s): Opera


ROOM FULL OF USED BABY FURNITURE FOR SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: The scolic scabs have been pried off
Subject(s): Furniture; Family Life; Relatives


SANDLOT BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: My eye is fine: halfway through they're double-teaming me
Subject(s): Baseball


SCHOOL DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Once those fences kept me in mr. Mote
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SCHOOLBOYS WITH DOG, WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: It's dark when they scuff off to school
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


SENTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Bloated and mesmerized by raspberries
Subject(s): Nature


SHORT FAREWELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: A toast is the right length, I think
Subject(s): Toasts; Farewell; Grief; Aging; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness


SKIN DIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The snorkel is the easiest woodwind.
Subject(s): Skin Diving


SNOW FALLING THROUGH FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how we used to imagine
Subject(s): Snow; Sea; Ocean


SNOW LEOPARDS AT THE DENVER ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: There are only a hundred or so
Subject(s): Zoos; Snow Leopards


SOOEY GENEROUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Saint anthony, patron of sausage makers
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


SPRING SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Here comes the powdered milk I drank
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Transience; Death; Impermanence; Dead, The


STRANGE KNEES    Poem Text    
First Line: It's one of the ways you see
Subject(s): Knees; Self


SUNDAY ALONE IN A FIFTH FLOOR APARTMENT, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The globe at the door, a jaunt
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


TAKING THE TRAIN HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk grew on the window.
Subject(s): Railways; Homecoming; Family Life; Fathers; Death; Relatives; Dead, The


TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: The body is never silent. Aristotle said that we can't hear the music
Subject(s): Talk


TALKING TO THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: A defeated politician is in circulation
Subject(s): Language; Moon; Words; Vocabulary


THE ACCOMPANIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't play too much, don't play
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE BEAR AT THE DUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Amidst the too much that we buy and throw
Subject(s): Nature


THE BLUE NAP    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept like a stone, or like that vast
Subject(s): Sleep


THE BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: What did I think, a storm clutching a clarinet
Subject(s): Blues (Music)


THE BUDDY BOLDEN CYLINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: It doesn't exist, I know, but I love
Subject(s): Bolden, Buddy (1877-1931); Jazz; Music & Musicians


THE CLOISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The last light of a july evening drained
Subject(s): Farewell; Love; Parting


THE EXPLORER    Poem Text    
First Line: Across such distance the bellowing of the elks sag like a dowser's
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE HUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE ICEHOUSE, POINTE AU BARIL, ONTARIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Each vast block in its batter
Subject(s): Ice Houses


THE MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The star route man downshifts
Subject(s): Postal Service; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


THE NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: From each house on the street
Subject(s): News; Neigbors


THE PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't care if nobody
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THE PENALTY FOR BIGAMY IS TWO WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't understand how janis joplin did it, how she made her voice
Subject(s): Joplin, Janis (1943-1970); Music, Rock; Rock & Roll


THE RENTED HOUSE IN MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn, the liquid clatter of rain
Subject(s): Nature


THE ROOKERY AT HAWTHORNDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Along this path ben johnson rode to visit
Subject(s): Drummond, William (1585-1649); Poetry & Poets; Drummond Of Hawthornden, William


THE SCALPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: They'd stunned me groggy with demerol and bland
Subject(s): Surgery


THE SEARCH PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wondered if the others felt
Subject(s): Children - Lost


THE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A snake is the love of a thumb
Subject(s): Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE TIME OF OUR LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Not sated first, then sad (the two words branch
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


THE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The news? I crumpled all of it that fit
Variant Title(s): Smoke
Subject(s): New York Times (Newspaper)


THE VISIONARY PICNIC    Poem Text    
First Line: These memories of what
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE WASTE CARPET    Poem Text    
First Line: No day is right for the apocalypse,
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THIS SPUD'S FOR YOU       
First Line: Of solanum tuberosum, that vagrant vegetable
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: There are places things go to be forgot
Subject(s): Memory


TRUFFLE PIGS    Poem Text    
First Line: None of these men, who all run truffle pigs
Subject(s): Pigs; Truffles; Boars; Hogs


UNRELENTING FLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Black key. White key. No
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Tatum, Art (1910-1956)


VISITING HOURS    Poem Text    
First Line: A cat came round the shed
Subject(s): Love; Reality


WAKING AT DUSK FROM A NAP    Poem Text    
First Line: In the years that pass through
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


WELL, YOU NEEDN'T    Poem Text    
First Line: Rather than hold his hands properly
Subject(s): Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Mujsic Teachers; Pianos


WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO    Poem Text    
First Line: It's spring. Lilacs and gin tinge the humid air
Subject(s): Spring


WHY WE ARE TRULY A NATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Because we rage inside
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970