Selected poems

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Library of America, Oct 11, 2004 - Poetry - 189 pages
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"No poetry is more fresh, more immediate, more deftly challenging," writes editor Robert Pinsky. "William Carlos Williams is at the center of one of poetry's great historic flowerings." From the hard-edged experiments of Spring and All to the fluent lyricism of "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower," Williams pursued an independent and often unappreciated course, creating a diverse and unfailingly vital body of work that has influenced generations of poets. As American as his formal opposite Robert Frost and as ambitious as his intellectual opposite T. S. Eliot, he forged a style that was flexible, intimate, and intensely observant, grounded in local particulars and yet steeped in poetry's most ancient traditions.

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I love the poems of Carlos Williams and will be reading more of his books . Karen jean Matsko Hood Read full review

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William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was born in Rutherford, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was born in Rutherford, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He received his M.D. from the University of PennNew Jersey. He received his M.D. from the University of PennNew Jersey. He received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound and H.D. (Hsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound and H.D. (Hsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). At the same time as maintaining a popular milda Doolittle). At the same time as maintaining a popular milda Doolittle). At the same time as maintaining a popular medical practice, he became a prolific poet, novelist, essayiedical practice, he became a prolific poet, novelist, essayiedical practice, he became a prolific poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. Experimenting with new techniques of metst, and playwright. Experimenting with new techniques of metst, and playwright. Experimenting with new techniques of meter and lineation, Williams sought to invent an entirely freser and lineation, Williams sought to invent an entirely freser and lineation, Williams sought to invent an entirely fresh and singularly American poetics, whose subject matter was h and singularly American poetics, whose subject matter was h and singularly American poetics, whose subject matter was centered on the everyday circumstances of life and the livescentered on the everyday circumstances of life and the livescentered on the everyday circumstances of life and the lives of common people. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of common people. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of common people. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009. of Fame in 2009. of Fame in 2009.

Robert Pinsky was born on October 20, 1940 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow in creative writing, and studied under the poet and critic Yvor Winters .

He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently "Gulf Music: Poems"; "Jersey Rain" (2000); "The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996" (1996), which received the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee; "The Want Bone" (1990); "History of My Heart" (1984); "An Explanation of America" (1980); and "Sadness and Happiness" (1975).

He is also the author of several prose titles, including "The Life of David"; "Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry" (2002); "The Sounds of Poetry" (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Poetry and the World" (1988); and "The Situation of Poetry" (1977). In 1985 he also released a computerized novel, "Mindwheel".

Pinsky has published two acclaimed works of traslation: "The Inferno of Dante" (1994), which was a Book-of-the-Month-Club Editor's Choice, and received both the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award ; and "The Separate Notebooks" by Czeslaw Milosz (with Renata Gorczynski and Robert Hass ).

About his work, the poet Louise GlUck has said, "Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence, a taste for tasks and assignments to which he devises ingenious solutions."

From 1997 to 2000, he served as the United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. During that time, he founded the Favorite Poem Project, a program dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives.

In 1999, he co-edited "Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology" with Maggie Dietz. Other anthologies he has edited include "An Invitation to Poetry" (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004); "Poems to Read" (2002); and "Handbook of Heartbreak" (1998).

His honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, both the William Carlos Williams Award and the Shelley Memorial prize from the Poetry Society of America, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He is currently poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine "Slate" .

Pinsky has taught at both Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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