Life Through Poetry by William T. Matthews, Jr.

William T. Matthews, Jr. enlisted in the Army after high school and served in Vietnam from 1968-69 in the 19th Combat Engineer Battalion. I spotted one Vietnam War-related poem in Life Through Poetry (PublishAmerica, 78 pp., $24.95).

That poem, “I Remember Viet Nam,” is a matter-of-fact, informative short piece. The rest of this sentimental little book presents short works about high school reunions, blanket fights, walks in the woods, a boy’s first car, and other all American commonplace events. Matthews is a retired federal police officer.

—David Willson