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With 11 books of verse in less than 30 years, Matthews (1942-1997) established a secure reputation as a witty and trustworthy commentator on a particular bandwidth of his generation. His poems-most of all the touching semi-sonnet sequences of A Happy Childhood (1984)-spanned his own experience, from an Ohio small town to Manhattan literary life, with attentive excursions from Maine to Hawaii. Matthews had a way with quotable sayings: "Is love the reward, or the test itself?" His unpretentious free verse and his all-American topics recall slightly older poets such as Philip Levine, Donald Hall and Matthews's friend Gerald Stern. His work stands out, however, for his commitment to jazz, whose giants (most of all Charles Mingus) Matthews commemorates and imitates in off-kilter lines, most of all in 1989's Blues if You Want : "Music's only secret is silence," he wrote there, "It's time/ to play, time to tell whatever you know." His sudden death left a cluster of shocked admirers (including many literary gatekeepers), a posthumous manuscript (After All, 1998) and many uncollected poems. Maryland poet Plumly (Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me) and Matthews's son Sebastian (whose memoir Norton will also release in January) have teamed up to produce what is, despite its title, not a complete poems but an attractive selection, what Plumly deems "the best of" this wry and likable poet's work.
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William Matthews died unexpectedly in 1997 a day after his fifty-fifth birthday, and as poet Stanley Plumly writes in his perceptive and elegant introduction to Matthews' collected poems, "It is still difficult, for many of his friends and admirers, to believe that he is gone." With memories still sharp and the loss so fresh, Plumly and Matthews' son Sebastian present a magnificent selection of Matthews' virtuoso poems. Culled with great sensitivity from his 10 books of poetry, beginning in 1970 and including the posthumously published After All (1998) and an invaluable set of previously uncollected works, this is a stunning volume. Naturally, Matthews' poetry evolved over the decades, gradually shedding the imagistic exuberance of his early works for an increasingly classical mode, an approach that creates a profound tension between the intensity of feeling and the rigor of form. It makes sense that one of Matthews' favorite jazz musicians was saxophonist Lester Young, because, like Young, he is spare in his phrasing, letting silence speak as resonantly as words, and letting the breath guide his rhythm and lines. A master of the understatement, Matthews is wryly philosophical and self-deprecating, but he also evinces surprise and gratitude for the arrival of perfect metaphors. Donna Seaman
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061856585X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618565856
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Michael Albert on November 2, 2010
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I know I give 5 stars too often. It's usually because the writer has achieved what he set out to do--which is a five-star feat. But in this case, the 5 stars represent a truly exceptional book, on that makes me glad that I've lived this long to read it, and sad that I didn't find it ten or twenty years ago. Ten years ago would have been reasonable. I met his first wife, then Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. And five years ago I read Sebastian's, his son, memoir in pursuit of what I call "daddy literature." I've even had many fellow poets refer in passing to "Bill said this" and "Bill said that." Enough. This last month I've been immersed in this superb collection. The editors (including Sebastian and Stanley Plumly, the dedicatee of one of the poems) took great care in making the book chronologically 'readable.' As a voracious reader of 'collected' and 'complete' editions, I deeply appreciated this. But all the mastery of formal craft in the world doesn't make a masterful work unless the materials at hand are worthy and these are truly worthy. I've rarely been so comfortable with a poet, so comfortable with his honesty, his sincerity. (His three ex-wives may differ.) Here's a poet who is gifted, smart, and flawed, and upfront and frank about all three. It's best summarized in what might pass for his ars poetica, although I think he's too self-effacing to ever deliberately create anything as exalted as an ars poetica. Anyway, in "A Poetry Reading at West Point" (pp. 297-298), he answers a cadet's question in three different places, "I try to write as well as I can / what it feels like to be human", "I try to say what I don't know / how to say but of course, I can't / get much of it down at all", and "I don't want my poems to be hard, / unless the truth is, if there is / a truth". And you know what?Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff A. Berger on February 7, 2008
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William Matthew's collected poems are a joy as well as a challenge to read. He does not take the easy route to any conclusion, and the twists and turns can take you into poetic spaces it's not so easy to get out of. His language is superb regardless of the subject, which is far-ranging with much allusion to music and culture. He is an inspiration for other poets because of the amazing marriage of brilliant intellect and the hand-held phrase.
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By Reader 503 on April 9, 2014
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There is a bravery in writing the way Matthews does. He knows the difficulty of writing conversationally while still being musical and insightful. He pulls it off. There are poems in here I was shattered by. Not in a crying-on-the-floor sort of way, but instead in a I-never-before-realized-that-about-the-human-condition sort of way. The diversity of tone, form, and subject matter in this book is pretty amazing. He's helped to renew my belief in not only poetry, but also in close observation of the world around me. If your considering a dive into some William Matthews poems, this is a good place to start.
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By William Jordan on August 27, 2013
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I'm an avid poetry reader & lover...embarrassed I never heard of William Matthews. The used hardcover copy I purchased was in near perfect shape. Read this guy & keep his work alive. You won't regret it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rex H. Osteen on March 2, 2009
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The book was everything it was described to be, (and more, to me), because of the poems.
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