By William Matthews
This can be the touchingly entitled choice of poems William Matthews had accomplished presently ahead of loss of life, simply after his fifty-fifth birthday in November 1997. Is loss of life ever completely unforeseen? now not, might be, through a collector of expertise, a connoisseur of language, who can check with "death flickering in you're keen on a pilot light." In in the end, Matthews seems having a look his final on all issues attractive: track, meals and wine, love. within the beautiful primary poem, "Dire Cure," which types one of those backbone to the publication, he describes the impressive implications of the "heroic measures" that kept the lifestyles and restored the healthiness 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 earlier, of heritage, of joys proposed, yet particularly, together with his attribute secure wit, of language and its quiddities: "My love says i feel too rattling a lot and perhaps she's right." in spite of everything is the ultimate from essentially the most pensive and scrumptious of all our poets.
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The possibility of static or a gap on a starry electric night gives the impression of her body constantly engaged in transition, but she desires to enter a body of material by talking. , speech was spoken like an arrangement of stars, an orderly procession of luminous beings, who counted poetry with sound, until speaking gave way to a duration that would not reconstitute, so she may appear as a large masklike close-up and as an immobile figure in white on the bed, who actually absorbs space. One can paint stars on a black lead background, equivocal stars casting carpets of desire here and there in the middle of an errand, which up to then had proceeded in the state of non-imploring urgency of a body in diagonal, an image of outreach or hailing.
First the table is the table. In blue light or in electric light, it has no pathos. Then light separates from the human content, a violet-colored net or immaterial haze, echoing the violet ice plant on the windowsill, where he is the trace of a desire. Such emotions are interruptions in landscape and in logic brought on by a longing for direct experience, as if her memory of experience were the trace of herself. Especially now, when things have been flying apart in all directions, she will consider the hotel lobby the inert state of a form.
All things, sounds, stories and beings were related, and this complexity was more obvious. It was not simplified by ideas of relationship in one person’s mind. Paths of energy were forced to stay in the present moment by being free of reference, making it impossible to focus on two things at once, and showing by its quietness that energy of attention is as much a source of value and of turbulence as energy of emotion. As lava burst from the ground to cover the planet, it also freed water, which escaped as massive billowing fog, a contradicting ambition of consciousness to acquire impressions and retain strong feeling.
After All: Last Poems by William Matthews