1945-2003; b. Ballymena, Co. Antrim,
brought up in Derry and ed. at Foyle College, and later at QUB; sometime chemist in
cement works at Larne, Co. Antrim; issued pamphlets, Interior Din (1968) [var. 1969] and Foolstop
(1973), and a collection, Dr. Wilson as an Arab (1974); he was represented in James Simmons' Ten Irish Poets (1974); issued Robert Sat (2009), poetry collection; lives and works in London. ORM
Interior Din (Belfast: Honest Ulsterman Publ. ), 12pp.; Foolstop (Belfast: Honest Ulstersman 1973); Dr Wilson as an Arab (Holysmoke Press 1974). Also Chaine of Chaine Park [poem], in Honest Ulsterman (Oct.
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Tjebbe Westendorp, The Great War in Irish Memory: The Case of Poetry (1991), comments on Chaine of Chaine Park [poem], in Honest Ulsterman (Oct. 1968). See Westendorp, op. cit., in Geert Lernout, ed., The Crows Behind the Plough: History and Violence in Anglo-Irish Poetry and Drama, Amsterdam: Rodopi 1991, pp.129-41; p.133.)
Frank Ormsby, Foreword to Robert Sat (2009): The impulse to "sing a song of sweet creation" despite death and disaster runs ... without sentimentality ... through Matthews work, quoting: All is not lost / We might yet win through / We have pages of poets on our side / Not to mention / 30 or so little magazines / and 40 or so little presses.
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James Simmons, Ten Irish Poets (Cheadle: Carcanet 1974), selects Restless; The Singing Lady;
Anton the Elephant Boy; Young Girls Diary;
Robert Sat; The Cowboy Film; Toms
Song; Geriatric; The Poet with Bad Teeth;
Foolstop; LEnfant Fatigue; Gustav
the Great Explorer. Note, Simmons writes: I get a sort of lump in my throat with pleasure for the wit and humanity and artistic certainty ... (Quoted in Books Ireland, Feb. 2009, p.29.)
There is a commemorative website at www.beyond-the-pale.co.uk/tom.htm, featuring a detail of a portrait by Anthony Weir [q.v.], the poet and webmaster [accessed 12.07.2009].
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