The Singing

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C. K. Williams

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New work from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Repair

. . . Reality has put itself so solidly before me
there's little need for mystery . . . Except for us, for how we take the world
to us, and make it more, more than we are, more even than itself.
--from "The World"

The awards given to C.K. Williams' two most recent books--a National Book Award for The Singing and a Pulitzer Prize for Repair--complete the process by which Williams, long admired for the intensity and formal daring of his work, has come to be recognized as one of the few truly great living American poets. Williams treats the characteristic subjects of a poet's maturity--the loss of friends, the love of grandchildren, the receding memories of childhood, the baffling illogic of current events--with an intensity and drive that recall not only his recent work but also his early books, published forty years ago. The Singing is a direct and resonant book: searing, hearfelt, permanent.
 
The Singing is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Poetry.

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"Listen to this poetry reading to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams read his poem ""The Singing,"" from his poetry collection The Singing, which won the 2003 National Book Award. It is a direct and resonant book: searing, heartfelt, permanent. Learn more about the book The Singing at http://us.macmillan.com/thesinging/CWilliams Read more about poet C.K. Williams at http://us.macmillan.com/author/ckwilliams"

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"The poems in C.K. Williams' stunning new collection, The Singing, have a new density and clarity. They are clear about complex things, which one sees as slightly magnified, like pebbles on the bed of a very clear stream. Williams now realizes more than ever that 'your truths will seek you, though you still/must construct and comprehend them.' He succeeds at this task with a flair that tempers the regret that is the recurring note in these poems, and transforms it into something like joy." -- John Ashbery

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C. K. Williams

C. K. Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Repair in 1999. His most recent work is Misgivings (2000), a memoir. He teaches at Princeton University and lives part of the year in Paris, France.

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The Singing
Poems
C. K. Williams

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National Book Awards - Winner

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
November 2004
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ISBN: 9780374529505
ISBN10: 0374529507
5 9/16 x 8 11/16 inches, 80 pages
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