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New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Sebastian Mathews

Sebastian Mathews

Sebastian Matthews is the author of the poetry collection We Generous (Red Hen Press) and a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (W. W. Norton). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and New Hope for the Dead: Uncollected William Matthews. Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and serves on the faculty of the Queens College Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, as well as on the editorial board of Q Ave Press, makers of handmade poetry chapbooks. His work has appeared in journals such as the Virginia Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and Tin House.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

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We Generous

We Generous

Sebastian Mathews
2007-03-01
$16.95 Tradepaper
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New Hope for the Dead

New Hope for the Dead

Sebastian Mathews
2010-10-01
$24.95 Tradepaper
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New Hope the Dead: Uncollected Matthews is the last of poet William Matthews’ posthumous collections, following Search Party: Collected Poems (Houghton Mifflin) and The Poetry Blues: Essays & Interviews (University of Michigan Press), all edited by son Sebastian Matthews and close friend and fellow poet Stanley Plumly.

New Hope for the Dead features the best of Matthews’ remaining uncollected work, including over 30 poems spanning Matthews’ prolific but tragically cut-short career. But unlike the first two collections, New Hope for the Dead features Matthews’ unheralded talents as a short story writer, food writer and diarist as well as providing more cogent interviews, and witty and truculent essays. With subjects ranging from the Roman poet, Marshall, to Emerson's life of leisure in the Adirondaks to Matthews' old standbys—jazz, sport and the pleasure of friends—Mattthews proves to be an erudite, articulate and surprisingly versatile guide.

New Hope for the Dead features an array of favorite recipes, a series of candid photographs spanning Matthews’ career, letters from Matthews to his three closest literary friends, a bumpersticker recreated from an early small press collaboration and the final lines found on the poet’s desk the day of his death. This collection for all serious fans of poetry, literature, language, music and art. Just right for the reader of poets such as Tony Hoagland and Billy Collins as well as for the lover of literary biography and cultural criticism.


Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs

Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs

Sebastian Mathews
2012-03-01
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Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs, Sebastian Matthews’ second book of poems, explores the main themes of midlife—sex and death, marriage and parenthood, work and play, friends and foes, travel and staying put. Moving back and forth between couplets and the single-stanza poem, Matthews writes about the world he is immersed in, whether listening in on an impromptu barbershop quartet with his son or driving through urban Philadelphia on a misguided whim. Matthews continues his interest in jazz and musicians but has broadened his palate to include ruminations on everything from the 1948 summer session at Black Mountain College to Jack Benny’s legendary corn-belt comedy routines.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.