William Matthews


Born
in Cincinnati, Ohio, The United States
November 11, 1942

Died
November 12, 1997

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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 Cornell University, the University of Washington at Seattle, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Iowa. He served as president of Associated Writing Programs and of the Poetry Society of America. At the time of his death he was a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Cit
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Average rating: 4.18 · 1,091 ratings · 158 reviews · 84 distinct works
Search Party: Collected Poems

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Time & Money

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After All: Last Poems

4.34 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1998 — 6 editions
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Selected Poems and Translat...

4.14 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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Ruining the New Road

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Foreseeable Futures: Poems

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The Poetry Blues: Essays an...

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A Happy Childhood: Poems

4.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1984 — 3 editions
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Sleek For the Long Flight

4.23 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1972 — 3 editions
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Blues If You Want: Poems

3.77 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1989 — 3 editions
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“I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen, and so I swung into action and wrote a poem, and it was miserable, for that's how I thought poetry worked: you digested experience and shat literature. [from "Mingus at the Showplace"]”
William Matthews

“...Listen, / my wary one, it's far too late / to unlove each other.”
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