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Time & Money

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  7 reviews
William Matthews's ten books have gradually earned him a place on the first roster of American poets -" as water licks its steady way through stone." " Very little of the poetry of the past twenty years," Henry Taylor has written in the Washington Times, " is more intelligent and engaging than that of William Matthews . .. Admiring gratitude seems perfectly appropriate." T ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 17th 1996 by Mariner Books (first published 1995)
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Feb 08, 2015 h rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry, 2015
fuck i wish i had been reading this before.
William Matthew's Time and Money delights at times, but not continuously - some of the poems just seem too self-conscious. But that is too critical for a book I enjoyed a good deal.

"To teach what you know - laughter, ignorance,
curiosity, and the erotic thrall
of work as a restraint against despair -
comes as close to freedom as anyone pays
wages for." from "Note Left ..."
One of my favorite books of poetry. The poem about Folsom Prison and Johnny Cash is amazing, as are a couple dozen other poems in the book!
billy collins gets all the attention in the earthy, funny poet category. that's fine. but william matthews is right there in my book.
Great book, especially poems about Mingus
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