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William Matthews died on November 12, 1997. He published ten collections of poetry, including Blues If You Want (1989), Selected Poems & Translations, 1969-1991 (1992), and Time and Money (1995). He was the winner of last year’s National Book Critics Circle Award, and he received the 1997 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. These prose poems are from his second collection, Sleek for the Long Flight, which was reprinted by White Pine Press and is still available. ["Contributor Note" from original publication, 1998.]



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