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Fifty Histories
Christopher Matthews

2003 • 105 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9723045-1-1

These fifty poems explore the primacy of perspective, both that of the poetry and those of a diverse array of individuals, historical and contemporary. Syd Lea wrote in the foreword, “Here was a writer after my heart, one whose command of canonical Anglophone poetry was patent, but also one whose use of great traditions—especially of the dramatic lyric—was sui generis….so fresh and virtuosic as to seem all but absolutely new in my experience.”

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“Here is an authentic voice, and an important one… A genuine poet, and a rewarding read.”—Nicholas Delbanco

From the Book:

The light is fractious with coming storm.
He strides up fiercely to her table
toting a chalk-white cigarette
that frays into grey; lets drop a rumbling

From “Terrazza”

CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS was born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1955 and grew up and was educated between that country and England. He took his bachelor’s degree at the University of Ulster and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Durham; its subject was Ezra Pound. His poems have appeared in The American Scholar, Crazyhorse, The Dublin Review, and other journals. His chapbook, A New Life, was published in 2000. He currently teaches undergraduate literature in Lugano, Switzerland.

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