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Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams

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@font-face { font-family: Arial; }@font-face { font-family: Cambria; }@font-face { font-family: Palatino; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 10pt; font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times New Roman; }p.MsoCommentText, li.MsoCommentText, div.MsoCommentText { margin: 0in 0in 10pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times New Roman; }span.MsoCommentReference { }span.CommentTextChar { font-family: Palatino; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Loved for his decidedly American voice, for his painterly rendering of modern urban settings, and for his ability to re-imagine a living language shaped by the philosophy of no ideas but in things, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) left an indelible mark on modern poetry. As each successive generation of poets discovers the new that lives within his work, his durability and expansiveness make him an influential poet for the twenty-first century as well. The one hundred and two poems by one hundred and two homage-paying poets collected in Visiting Dr. Williams demonstrate the range of his influence in ways that permanently echo and amplify the transcendent music of his language.

A foreword by poet and Williams biographer Paul Mariani places this revolutionary physician-poet in understandable context, and an introduction by editors Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro provides further understanding of the poet and his influence. But the heart of the book is found in the poems themselves, which demonstrate just how vital Williams remains in our collective memory. Robert Creeley, David Wojahn, Maxine Kumin, James Laughlin, A. R. Ammons, Wendell Berry, Heid Erdrich, Frank O'Hara, Lyn Lifshin, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Levine, and a host of other poets draw upon a wide range of voices, styles, and forms to pay tribute to Williams's unique legacy.

As Paul Mariani writes in his foreword, Williams, in his deep modesty and despair, . . . listened--and taught us to listen--for the dance of the syllables. Visiting Dr. Williams establishes Williams's centrality to American poets and poetry of the past, present, and future. As they did in Visiting Emily, Visiting Walt, and Visiting Frost, Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro once again capture the conversations between contemporary poets and a legend whose distinctively American voice endures.

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Loved for his decidedly American voice, for his painterly rendering of modern urban settings, and for his ability to re-imagine a living language shaped by the philosophy of “no ideas but in things,” William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) left an indelible mark on modern poetry. As each successive generation of poets discovers the “new” that lives within his work, his durability and expansiveness make him an influential poet for the twenty-first century as well. The one hundred and two poems by one hundred and two poets collected in Visiting Dr. Williams demonstrate the range of his influence in ways that permanently echo and amplify the transcendent music of his language.
 
Contributors include: Robert Creeley, David Wojahn, Maxine Kumin, James Laughlin, A. R. Ammons, Wendell Berry, Heid Erdrich, Frank O’Hara, Lyn Lifshin, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and a host of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Dr. Williams is a rich, entertaining gathering of dedications, imitations, corrections revisions, homages, and send-ups—all provoked by the poet with the famous white chickens who brought American poetry back home to roost. You cannot visit William Carlos Williams too often; remember he made house calls and would have gladly visited us.”—Billy Collins

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781587299865
Author:
Coghill, Sheila
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Author:
Tammaro, Thom
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Loved for his decidedly American voice, for his painterly rendering of modern urban settings, and for his ability to re-imagine a living language shaped by the philosophy of “no ideas but in things,” William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) left an indelible mark on modern poetry. As each successive generation of poets discovers the “new” that lives within his work, his durability and expansiveness make him an influential poet for the twenty-first century as well. The one hundred and two poems by one hundred and two poets collected in Visiting Dr. Williams demonstrate the range of his influence in ways that permanently echo and amplify the transcendent music of his language.
 
Contributors include: Robert Creeley, David Wojahn, Maxine Kumin, James Laughlin, A. R. Ammons, Wendell Berry, Heid Erdrich, Frank O’Hara, Lyn Lifshin, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and a host of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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