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Collected Poems

C. K. Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Collected Poems brings together nearly four decades of C. K. Williams's work: more than four hundred poems that, though remarkable in their variety, have in common Williams's distinctive outlook—restless, passionate, dogged, and uncompromising in the drive to find words for the truth about life as we know it today.
 
For Williams, poetic forms are measures of thought, and in these pages we can see both the constancy of his preoccupations and the astonishing variety of means he has brought to the expression of them. His voice is both cerebral and muscular, capable of the eight-line poems of Flesh and Blood and the inward soundings of A Dream of Mind—and of the two together in the award-winning recent books Repair and The Singing. These poems feel spontaneous, individual, and directly representative of the experience of which they sing; open to life, they chafe against summary and conclusion.

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"Williams seems to me to fulfill, triumphantly, the big demands he places on himself. Reading his poems, you sense their considerable formal beauty, yet you also hear something more: a voice that has become a representative consciousness . . . As the poet's sentences circle and plunge across his lines like plaited sinews, they join skeptical intelligence and emotional sincerity,
in a way that dignifies all of our attempts to make sense of the world and of ourselves." --*Peter Campion, The Boston Globe

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  • C. K. Williams

  • C. K. Williams's books of poetry include Repair (Pulitzer Prize, 2002) and The Singing (National Book Award, 2003). He is also the author of a memoir, Misgivings. He teaches at Princeton University and lives part of the year in France.

  • C. K. Williams Catherine Mauger
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