New Selected Poems
by John Matthias (Salt Publishing)
A gathering of poems from the Notre Dame English professor’s eight previous books, the selections here include both early lyrics and late work. That body of work, says critic Guy Davenport, makes Matthias “one of the leading poets in the USA.” The poet has taught in both England and the American Midwest, and his poetry reflects those differing cultures and locales.
The author has said the book’s “grand collage” of poems allows his objective historical poems to serve as a context for the more personal poems.
Matthias dedicated the book “To my students at the University of Notre Dame 1967–2004.”