Other literary forms
Curiosities (1989) is a collection of nineteen essays, ranging from personal reflections on William Matthews’s travels in Italy to critical commentaries and reviews of the works of various fellow poets. In The Poetry Blues: Essays and Interviews (2001), Matthews speaks of his love of jazz music, language, poetry, and art. The posthumous volume, edited by Sebastian Matthews and Stanley Plumly, includes an autobiographical essay. With Mary Feeney, Matthews has translated several volumes of poems from the French by Jean Follain, and he also translated The Mortal City: One Hundred Epigrams of Martial (1995).