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Sebastian Matthews

Sebastian Matthews

Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir, two books of poems, and a new hybrid collection, Beginner's Guide to a Head-on Collision (Red Hen Press). Matthews lives with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, where he teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program.  

Church Fire


As in, He was a walking church fire.
As in, someone left rags in the bin

without flushing out the spirits.
As in, fire trucks from three counties

converged in the center town night
to aim hoses at a top hat of smoke

spouting from the old building's head.
As in, fire shimmying up the drywall

like a fast-moving cancer, flashing
flames inside sweating window frames.

As in, lucky no one ended up dead.

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