“[Matthews’s] delightful poems rove the world and its history and move us beyond the limits of a mere self into a distinctive sensibility.”
–Billy Collins

“Matthews is nothing if not tidy, but he is also intense, so that the general effect is one of passionate mastery, out of the way of what the poet calls ‘inviolate confusion.’ On the part of this reader, gratitude and enjoyment are the sole residue.”
–Richard Howard


Winner of the 2001 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award