William Matthews Poems

William Matthews was a contemporary American poet born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died in 1997 after publishing eleven books of poetry and earning a reputation for his clever turns of phrase. His work often explores universal themes like life, time, and humanity.

In Memory of the Utah Stars

by William Matthews

‘In Memory of the Utah Stars’ captures the manner in which memories can provide us with both pleasure and pain.

While the subject of this poem may appear very specific, it contains much of Matthew's typical preoccupation with the passage of time and the nature of memory.

Each of them must have terrified

his parents by being so big, obsessive

and exact so young, already gone

and leaving, like a big tipper,

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