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 canical 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.
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.