World Without End - Matthew Graham
6 x 9
In the sixth volume of the River City Poetry Series, Matthew Graham muses over the stages of life and the entelechy of the human spirit, over the internal missions that are seeded within us from birth, and yet how our environments define and transform us. These poems describe by turns a childhood infused with adult longing (collecting fireflies in a jelly jar becomes a precognitive exercise), an adulthood choked with memories (daylight savings time becomes an excuse to invoke the past), and the sweet redemption of love, as passing time provides the medium and grace for mistakes to be, finally, forgiven: "Time turns us all toward the inevitable struggle between opening and closing, between the waiting and the going somewhere." Here is a travelogue to a place invented, a country familiar yet unexpected.
Series editor Andrew Hudgins says: "A thoughtful elegiac voice pervades Matthew Graham's World Without End, his new book and best book yet. A small sense of mourning arises even in his celebration of deep and continuing love because he knows love, in the fullness of time, inevitably ends, even if the lovers never falter in their loving. That doubled understanding moves him to the richest music in a life work rich in music and meditation. World Without End is stately without stiffness, thoughtful without pretense, humorous without being indecorous, clear without being simple. It offers a pleasure in every line and a fresh moment of insight and understanding on every page."
Praise for Matthew Graham
"Graham is serious, persuasive and thoughtful."
"New World Architecture is a serious book in our current revisionary moment in American poetry. It plays over our public airs and at its strongest is a many-voiced radio ballad in our American night."
About Matthew Graham
MATTHEW GRAHAM is the author of two books of poems, New World Architecture (Galileo Press, 1985) and 1946 (Galileo Press, 1991), and the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Indiana Arts Commission, Pushcart, and the Vermont Studio Center.
His poems have appeared in Harvard Magazine, River Styx, and Crab Orchard Review, among many others. He directs the creative writing program at the University of Southern Indiana, where he co-directs the RopeWalk Writers Retreat, and is poetry editor of the Southern Indiana Review.
Graham lives in Evansville, Indiana, and is married to the painter Katie Waters.