In his afterword, Igor Webb writes, “The lament, uttered when love and death are most closely bound, is something like an essential accessory to mortality. . . . ‘Living with a Visionary’ is the poet’s account of his, and (and his wife) Diana’s, descent into hell (from effects of Parkinson's disease). . . . But it’s in ‘Some of Her Things,’ a fable in the form of a long prose poem, . . . that Matthias most powerfully, and poignantly, deploys his language. . . . it is a courtly threnody for lost time.”
John Matthias has published some thirty books of poetry, translation, criticism, & scholarship. For many years he taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he is still Editor at Large of Notre Dame Review. Shearsman Books publishes his three volumes of Collected Poems, as well as the uncollected long poem, "Trigons," his two most recent volumes of shorter poems, Complayntes for Doctor Neuro and Acoustic Shadows, two books of memoirs and literary essays, and the novel Different Kinds of Music. Two collaborative books have been published by Dos Madres: REVOLUTIONS (with Jean Dibble and Robert Archambeau) and REGROUNDING A PILGRIMAGE (with John Peck). His most recent books are SOME WORDS ON THOSE WARS (Dos Madres, 2021) and LIVING WITH A VISIONARY (Dos Madres, 2021).