Suzanne Matson Durable Goods

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Matson's specialty is writing about strangers: a woman selling flowers on a railroad platform, a toddler whose destitute father swats her in a bus station, a heavyset Italian boy playing ball. The shadowy figures who inhabit these poems are as unfamiliar to the speaker as they are to the reader, but the poet's deft eye catches them mid-stride at the moment of decision, resulting in poems that are wholly accessible. Everyone is in flux here--boating, walking, driving, carried in a bus or train. Such movement might be fatal, but at least we didn't just sit there, Matson ( Sea Level ) implies; we did something with our lives. Even the speaker with nothing to do but wait is "padding around the room, checking the mirror again." A sense of overpowering doom spreads through this volume, whether it involves three boys lost at sea or a POW bracelet the speaker wore for a boy whose name she can't remember. Interspersed with such loss is a kaleidoscope of possibilities, epitomized by the wedding couple presumably looking forward to the rest of their lives. The overall impression is one of intimacy, poet and reader taking a long, hard look, as if the Other were a constant mirror.
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Almost To Social Hill
The Beach
The Boyfriend
Cafe
Centralia Stop
Chania
The Crossing
Driving Manhattan
Durable Goods
Farm Animals
Father's Day
Field Trip
Flagstaff
Florida
Greek
Handsome
Hometown
Househunting Afer A Quarrel
It Was When
Moonwalking Anniversary
Mrs. Child On The Dangers Of Travel
Near Relation
Night Fishing
North End, Boston
Petty Crime
Platia Talo
The Regulars
Stubbornness
Television Movie
Waiting For You
The Waters At Lisdoonvarna
Wifery
Worry
The Wreck Of Days 1
The Wreck Of Days 2
The Wreck Of Days 3
The Wreck Of Days 4
The Wreck Of Days 5
The Wreck Of Days 6
The Wreck Of Days 7
The Wreck Of Days 8
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