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The Singing

Poems

C. K. Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Winner of the National Book Award
A Booklist Editors' Choice

In his first volume of poems since Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, 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, which were published some forty years ago.

Williams here gazes at a Rembrandt self-portrait, and from it fashions a self-portrait of his own. He ponders an "anatomical effigy" at the Museum of Mankind, an in so doing "dissects" our common humanity. Stoking a fire at a house in the country, he recalls a friend who was burned horribly in war, and then turns, with eloquence and authority, to contemporary life during wartime, asking "how those with power over us can effect these things, by what cynical reasoning do they pardon themselves."

The Singing is a direct and resonant book of poems: touching, searching, heartfelt, permanent.

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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.
  • C. K. Williams Catherine Mauger
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The Singing

Poems

C. K. Williams

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