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After All: Last Poems

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This is the touchingly entitled collection of poems William Matthews had completed shortly before dying, just after his fifty-fifth birthday in November 1997. Is death ever entirely unexpected? Not, perhaps, by a collector of experience, a gourmet of language, who can refer to "death flickering in you like a pilot light." In AFTER ALL, Matthews seems to be looking his last ...more
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Mark Underwood
Sep 13, 2014 Mark Underwood rated it liked it
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Sometimes too plainspoken for my Stevensian instincts, I nonetheless take great pleasure in a number of the poems. Here are a few examples:

Yes, there's a cure for youth, but it's fatal.
And a cure for grace: you say what you mean,
but of course you have to know what that is.

-from "Manners"

"The farther we go, the more we give up,"
we could complaint, but there's always more
to lose. The vacuum that dearth abhors
is dearth. We all drink from a leaking up.

from "Memory"

Most apt of all:

. . .I'm the bad mo
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William Matthews was an American poet and essayist.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matthews attended Berkshire School and later earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University as well as a master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to serving as a Writer-in-Residence at Boston's Emerson College, Matthews held various academic positions at institutions including
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