Repair

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Macmillan, 1999 - Poetry - 69 pages
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With his two previous books, a generous Selected Poems and The Vigil, C. K. Williams received major acclaim, including the PEN/Voelcker Award and the prestigious Berlin Prize. Repair represents an extraordinary outpouring of new work: nearly fifty poems, many of them in couplets and quatrains, together with a number of generous longer poems. His subjects, again, are love, death, the secrets kept among intimates, the waywardness of thought, and the violence and metaphoric power of the natural world. A long poem about the sixties, "King", broods over the mixed motives and misunderstandings of the period; the final poem defines, and in its way celebrates, the "invisible mending" of time and attentiveness to the thing itself.
 

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The book contains 40 to 50 poems. About a quarter of them were so prosaic as to not feel like poems. Several of them were very negative, proclaiming the ugliness of life. There were, however, a quarter to a third of them that I found profound and brilliantly expressed. Read full review

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A prolific poet and translator, winner of numerous awards and fellowships, Williams (The Vigil, Farrar, 1997) is best known for his breathless, long, and often prosaic line. But in this eighth volume ... Read full review

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Charles Kenneth Williams was born on November 4, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. His collections of poetry include Lies, The Last Deaths, Collected Poems, and Selected Later Poems. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987 for Flesh and Blood, the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Repair in 2000, and the National Book Award for The Singing in 2003. In addition to writing poetry, he translated plays by Sophocles and poems by Adam Zagajewski and Francis Ponge. His critical essays were collected in Poetry and Consciousness and In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest. He also wrote On Whitman and a memoir entitled Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself. He taught in Princeton University's creative writing program from 1996 until shortly before his death. He died from multiple myeloma on September 20, 2015 at the age of 78.

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