After All: Last Poems

After All: Last Poems

William Matthews


this is often the touchingly entitled choice of poems William Matthews had accomplished presently earlier than loss of life, simply after his fifty-fifth birthday in November 1997. Is dying ever completely unforeseen? now not, maybe, through a collector of expertise, a connoisseur of language, who can discuss with "death flickering in you're keen on a pilot light." In in the end, Matthews appears to be like taking a look his final on all issues wonderful: tune, nutrients and wine, love. within the attractive principal poem, "Dire Cure," which types one of those backbone to the publication, he describes the striking implications of the "heroic measures" that kept the lifestyles and restored the future health of his spouse from "a children's melanoma (doesn't that possessive holiday your heart?)." He conjures up the dying of his favourite jazz musician, Charles Mingus. He speaks of cats, canine, pigs, sheep, of the previous, of heritage, of joys proposed, yet specially, together with his attribute cozy wit, of language and its quiddities: "My love says i believe too rattling a lot and perhaps she's right." finally is the final word from essentially the most pensive and scrumptious of all our poets.

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