Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews

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Blues for Bill was born out of the desire to perpetuate the memory of our dear friend and teacher, Bill Matthews. Bill’s work will last without our help, of course, but what of our memories of Bill himself? This collection of poems ensures that the world will remember his graciousness, intelligence, knowledge, style, good humor, capacity for friendship, immense talent and wit. It’s Bill himself this anthology memorializes, the character and soul of this most unique man. The poems included were written by people ...
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Overview


Blues for Bill was born out of the desire to perpetuate the memory of our dear friend and teacher, Bill Matthews. Bill’s work will last without our help, of course, but what of our memories of Bill himself? This collection of poems ensures that the world will remember his graciousness, intelligence, knowledge, style, good humor, capacity for friendship, immense talent and wit. It’s Bill himself this anthology memorializes, the character and soul of this most unique man. The poems included were written by people who knew Bill in a variety of ways, under myriad circumstances: as friend, both old and new; as mentor and teacher; as colleague; as father. The book’s introduction was penned by Bill’s long-time friend, Russell Banks. Many of the contributors’ names will be familiar, such as Sharon Olds, Stanley Plumly, Dave Smith, Henry Taylor, David Wojahn, Susan Wood, and Baron Wormser; others are perhaps not as well known, but their poems are remarkable, true testaments to Bill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931968232
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Series: Akron Series in Poetry
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Kurt Brown is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Return of the Prodigals, More Things in Heaven and Earth, and Fables from the Ark. A fourth collection, Future Ship, is due out in 2005. The editor of six anthologies of poetry and essays, he teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Meg Kearney's book of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published in 2001. Her collections of poems for teens, The Secret of Me, will be published in 2005. Her work has appeared on Poetry Daily and in numerous anthologies, including Urban Nature and The Poets' Grimm. She has taught poetry at The New School University, and was associate director of the National Book Foundation for more than 10 years. She is now director of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Donna Reis's nonfiction book, Seeking Ghosts in the Warwick Valley, was published in 2003. She received her M.A. in creative writing from the City College, City University of New York, where she studied with William Matthews. Her poetry, articles, essays, and criticisms have appeared in numerous magazines, including The American Book Review, A Gathering of the Tribes, Cumberland Poetry Review, Hudson Valley Magazine, and Hanging Loose. Estha Weiner's poems have appeared in the anthologies Never Before, The Poets' Grimm, and Summer Shade, and in such publications as The New Republic, Barrow Street, Rattapallax, Brilliant Corners, and Lit. A finalist for "Discovery"/ The Nation Prize, she is founder and director of the Writers' Night Series for Sarah Lawrence College and a Speaker on Shakespeare for the New York Council for the Humanities. WNET, Public Television, has recently made her a consultant.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
William Matthews
Things my father passed down to me and my brother
Birthday poem 3
Bill Matthews coming along 4
Notes for the elegy 5
After 6
Bill Matthews 7
Remembering Bill Matthews 8
Blues, for Bill 10
Unfair 12
No profit 13
Pissing off Robert Frost's porch 14
Before you 15
Matthews in smoke 16
Inspiration 18
Untitled : for Bill Matthews 19
The last time 21
The eternal light of talk 22
Sleek for the long flight 24
Magic lantern 25
The poet speaks of Italy 26
Bill at Bellagio : a Rockefeller grant 28
Reincarnation of a lovebird 30
Last class 32
The secret of William Matthews 34
Nature poetry 35
My blue heaven 36
Elegy for William Matthews 38
Last call 39
Writers' conference 40
Over a long distance 42
Buying wine 43
Request 45
Bill 46
Some words for Bill Matthews 47
In memory of William Matthews 48
Matthews ah um 50
Fixity 52
When he fell backwards into his coffin 54
Following William Matthews' recipe for scallion risotto 55
Matthews in Maine, 1980 57
We never shot baskets together 58
Open to everything 60
Coming down in Ohio 62
For William Matthews 64
Ode to Bill's vocabulary, 1997 66
Glimpse of a traveller 68
Bill Matthews, 1983 69
Elegy for Matthews 71
On the "island of old women" 73
Scrabble with Matthews 75
In Cortona, thinking of Bill 77
Melancholy baby 80
An interview with William Matthews 85
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