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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...
Oh my that was wordy. Visiting Auschwitz and comparing the "many silent space" to "school in summer" ; commenting on a blue-haired woman who farted on him at the doctor's waiting room, and imagining gases becoming colorfully visible ; being jealous of a couple who is dancing in front of him ; complaining of a person talking on the phone while the train is stopped, and contemplating the beauty of an hare ; a description of life under an igloo as to enter this collection of poems... A feeling of p...
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.
A stunning collection that absolutely stopped me in my tracks. It's only 40 poems over the course of 60 something pages, so I expected it to be an afternoon read, but instead it took 3 days. Obviously poetry is subjective, but no poet has spoken to me more directly than Williams, as a writer and as a human. His style, with long jagged lines and sense of what I once saw described as "moral urgency", creates a structure in which so many things can be unapologetically explored. Williams is perhaps
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.
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.
the content of this work is very impressive is a great book