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I like some of Williams' earlier books better--"Tar" and "Lies" are two that come to mind--because in them he told more stories, and the stories themselves were more memorable. There are still a few good stories here ("The Poet" and "King," for example), but many of these poems are more abstract, more interested in delineating psychological states than in recreating memories. Williams writes the best long line in contemporary poetry (a free verse equivalent of the alexandrine or the hexameter),
This Winner of the Pulitzer Prize is a must read. It was strong as it was provocative, it tackled different facets of life and history, even the Civil Rights era. The book covered lost, failure, marriage, love and all the inevitable things humans experience. Certain poems give you that perfect story that you can't help but be a part of it. My favorites are: Ice, Archetypes, The Poet, Stone, Droplets, Risk, Glass, Dream, The Cup, Depths and Biopsy Here's a snippet from the poem Depths O...
Veers wildly between astonishingly precise, almost surgical description and a mind-boggling, why-would-anyone-think-this-is -publishable degree of navel-gazing white-dude solipsism.
RepairI liked this collection which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2000. This style of poetry is conventional. Here are my four favorite poems: 1. Ice - metaphorical poem of remembrances chipping ice in an ice house.2. After Auschwitz - a vacation to Europe is spent thinking about the haunting visit to Auschwitz. 3. The Lie - we are too hard on ourselves and tell ourselves lies to boost our self esteem.4. Dirt - story about a grandmother who washes the author’s mouth 4 stars
Although there were a few I really enjoyed, a whole book of these wordy poems is a lot! Also, since the majority of these poems feature long lines of a standard width, you’d think the publishers (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, not exactly a budget operation) could have designed a wider format so that they didn’t have to wrap.
I truly enjoyed the simplicity of his poetry. So often it is the language that gets me, odd juxtapositions and such, but this time it was the topics: ice, farts, zoos. Each one leads to a larger - but not farfetched - revelation about humanity.
well written but not my cup of tea.
This collection of poetry won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2000. Unlike a recent collection of poems I read by another poet, I understood these poems and they in fact, resonated with me.My favourite was a poem dedicated to his grandson, a poem called Owen: Seven Days. For me this poem captures the unique love and feelings a grandparent has for a grandchild, something I have been fortunate to experience. The ending of the poem just brought me to tears:"then his eyelidsstart to fluttertime to
I don't give out FIVE STARS a lot - and particularly not for poetry. But this was a WOW book for me. I am a late comer to poetry, so I wasn't surprised that I had not heard of C. K. Williams. But, I knew that this book had won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2000. So, I thought I would try it. I LOVED IT. If you only read one poem in the book - "King" - you will thank me for turning you on to this lovely experience.
1.5 stars. The poet seems very much caught up in the workings of his mind. One poem was about being caught up in one's mind. As a result, sometimes not a lot for the senses to work with. Some beautiful phrases though.
The descriptions of everyday life by Williams are gently placed and not fiercly or alienating as some poets try, or forget, they are leaving with the reading of each stanza. If for nothing more than Archetypes this collection is worthy of a world found in its interior gazing.
well written, but not my favorite collection I've ever read. the moments described were, imagery wise, well put together & I could really appreciate that as I read.
adequate collection of poems. really liked dream, depths, and dirt. pretty much any poems that started with the letter d. even some without
Average. Nothing memorable.
the content of this work is very impressive is a great book
I'm still in love with Williams' long lines (better than his shorter lines) that dare to be breathless when speaking about global crises or the everydayness of love.
Maybe because I have recently finished teaching the book, Night, but the poem, "The Nail," shook me when I read it.
Tricky one. But I respect it. Williams has this ability to write something that almost feels sappy and instead make it incredibly honest. I don't think he writes autobiographically, but instead writes what life feels like to him. The MLK poem in particular is one hell of a piece of work, though I don't know if it's as successful as I FEEL it is successful, which is a sign he did something very right here. I don't know if I'm going to read more of him right away, but this is a pretty excellent st...
Repair is proof once again that the Pulitzer Prize committee and I have very different tastes when it comes to poetry. Not that there's anything wrong with that. There are some lovely images and metaphors here, the grandmother with her bar of soap for example in Dirt, that give you a glimpse into the heart of humanity, what it values, what it stands for, and what needs to change. But there's also a lot of navel gazing and ranting without imagery. The fact that one poem is titled "Tantrum" is, I
Repair by C.K Williams Many of the poems in Repair by C.K Williams came off like prose, lines are consistently long, almost filling the entire page and he uses elaborate descriptions immersing the reader into the story. When Williams’ poems are not long and prosy he uses a slender column of text, and what I found fascinating about his shorter poems was that he always uses strong enjambment. In his shorter lines poems almost each line end with some form of punctuation either a comma or a period....
Actual Rating: 10 of 5 thornsStunning. Rich imagery. Careful attention to detail. The delicate, clear, and full language immerses the reader in the poem, lets you explore, slow, and linger in the moment. Every poem makes you think differently about its subject, consider and reconsider, changing your perspective. The poems echo through one another, remnants subtly ghosting through the collection. Beautiful.
Maybe I'm just not where I need to be yet to properly feel these poems. I liked this collection, but something about it didn't quite come together for me. I'll have to think about it for the next couple of weeks and wait for what returns to me from this book... A tender, so easy to carry along. Stones in the brain. A block of ice. A rabbit who must be my friend if we knew how to speak.
I had to read this for a class, and I wrote a big essay on the poem "The Cup" and really fell in love with it. The funniest poem (can't think of the name now) is about a sitting in a doctor's waiting room and an old lady farts, and he wishes she wouldn't be embarrassed because he once saw a huge horse bucking and farting so loudly, so by comparison it wasn't that bad, haha
I think the best poetry helps you look at something familiar with new eyes, and Williams' poems do that for me. He is a superb craftsman as well:"someone who lives in words, making a world from their music""We engorge our little sorrows""all that carnal scorn""the inwardly armored helmet of thought"Amen.
This collection by C. K. Williams won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. This is my first exposure to his poetry. I have read his translation of The Bacchae of Euripides twice and greatly admire it.
I love CK! But I must say, he's not for everyone, I think. I especially like the poem about looking into his baby grandson's eyes and the baby's brow knitting, knitting as he tries to process what he sees.
Williams writes long lines--so long, they wrap around when they hit the margin. Formalists can have their say about this; I just see mastery that isn't self-conscious. "Archetypes" is a most truthful poem on marriage. Great poems from a contemporary poet who doesn't have to be Billy Collins.
The best poem was the title poem. There were some other really good poems. I did enjoy this ok, but over all, it just wasn't for me. Particularly the formatting, the line length bugged me. And some of the subject matter wasn't as concrete as I generally enjoy it.
Generally I liked his long lines, but the broken, hyphenated words that often came at the end were distracting. He raises a lot of questions in his poems, which is something I can relate to, yet not what I'm looking for in poetry. I want something less ponderous, more absolute.
A balanced, pleasant collection. "King," a longish poem depicting an episode from the Civil Rights era, stands out, as does the poem "Risk." I found that poem posted here.