Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs

by Sebastian Matthews


Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs, Sebastian MatthewsÆ 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 BennyÆs legendary corn-belt comedy routines.

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