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The Vigil: Poems

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Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

The Vigil, which first appeared in 1997, finds contemporary American master-poet C. K. Williams taking a more reflective and empathetic turn in his work. As Jonathan Aaron wrote in The Boston Globe: "A matchless explorer of the burdens of consciousness, Williams has always written brilliantly about human pain, that which we inflict upon others and upon ourselves, and that which we experience in dreading what we're fated for. In The Vigil Williams affirms the uncanny resiliency of love as solace for painwhat he calls 'these invisible links that allure, these transfigurations even of anguish that hold us' ('The Neighbor'). It is a mystery he has probed before, but never with quite such sympathy and candor."

C. K. Williams was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1936. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Repair. His other books include Tar, The Vigil, Selected Poems, Flesh and Blood, and Misgivings. Williams teaches at Princeton University.

Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

The Vigil, which first appeared in 1997, finds contemporary American master-poet C. K. Williams taking a more reflective and empathetic turn in his work. As Jonathan Aaron wrote in The Boston Globe: "A matchless explorer of the burdens of consciousness, Williams has always written brilliantly about human pain, that which we inflict upon others and upon ourselves, and that which we experience in dreading what we're fated for. In The Vigil Williams affirms the uncanny resiliency of love as solace for painwhat he calls 'these invisible links that allure, these transfigurations even of anguish that hold us' ('The Neighbor'). It is a mystery he has probed before, but never with quite such sympathy and candor."

"The new poems are less obsessive than we expect from Williams, though no less focused. They are more relaxed and more lyrical, and they have expanded Williams's range to include those realms that once seemed too far off course for him to reach comfortably. The best poems in The Vigil don't ram in the details but rather gather them up and work with them, inter-leaving them with memories and thoughts to achieve a memorable, expansive eloquence."George Weld, The Boston Book Review

"Williams is an undeniably great and original writer; his long-lined poems wrestle and nag at their subjects, sinewy, tighteningthey are not 'emotion recollected in tranquillity' but acts of recognition, memory, realization . . . in which every nervy qualification is actually the mind stripping itself down to honesty."Robert Potts, The Guardian (London)

"It is [his] tenderness for human frailties which makes Williams such a moving poet, and his patient questioning of . . . complex moral and philosophical problems which makes him an important one."Sarah Maguire, The Independent on Sunday (London)

"The compelling poems in The Vigil testify to the ripening of [his] voice, a voice that has made Williams one of the most original and forceful poets of our time."Rita Signorelli-Pappas, The Trenton Times

"The Vigil is a marvellous collection, and will only confirm Williams's importance. He is certainly one of the most influential poets writing in the language at the moment, and one of the best."Conor O'Callaghan, Poetry Ireland Review

"Williams is writing poems whose heavy gravitational pull consists of those rarely used portions of our psyche's lexicon. It's exhilarating to hear this kind of dialoguesometimes formal discourse, somtimes private chat, never small talkbetween the gut and the brain. It's a sweet and generous sound."Dionisio D. Martinez, The Georgia Review

Synopsis:

Over three decades, C. K. Williams has claimed as his own a world of startling anecdotes and complex inner states, rendered in precise, daring language. The Vigil — which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and, in the United Kingdom, the Forward Prize — brings Williams's poetry to a new pitch of intensity. The poems have become more condensed and more intensely lyrical, and while the broad range of themes and concerns evident in his Selected Poems has not been slighted — there are poems for departed family and friends. Love poems, poems of history and of social and political despair and hope, and frankly symbolic short poems — they have become even more sharply observed and dramatic. The Vigil is C. K. Williams most powerful book to date.

Synopsis:

Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

The Vigil, which first appeared in 1997, finds contemporary American master-poet C. K. Williams taking a more reflective and empathetic turn in his work. As Jonathan Aaron wrote in The Boston Globe: "A matchless explorer of the burdens of consciousness, Williams has always written brilliantly about human pain, that which we inflict upon others and upon ourselves, and that which we experience in dreading what we're fated for. In The Vigil Williams affirms the uncanny resiliency of love as solace for pain—what he calls 'these invisible links that allure, these transfigurations even of anguish that hold us' ('The Neighbor'). It is a mystery he has probed before, but never with quite such sympathy and candor."

About the Author

C. K. Williams was born in Newark in 1936. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Repair. Some other titles include Tar, The Vigil, and Flesh and Blood. He teaches at Princeton.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374525545
Author:
Williams, C. K.
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Number:
1st Noonday ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.229 in 0.355 lb

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Product details 96 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374525545 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Over three decades, C. K. Williams has claimed as his own a world of startling anecdotes and complex inner states, rendered in precise, daring language. The Vigil — which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and, in the United Kingdom, the Forward Prize — brings Williams's poetry to a new pitch of intensity. The poems have become more condensed and more intensely lyrical, and while the broad range of themes and concerns evident in his Selected Poems has not been slighted — there are poems for departed family and friends. Love poems, poems of history and of social and political despair and hope, and frankly symbolic short poems — they have become even more sharply observed and dramatic. The Vigil is C. K. Williams most powerful book to date.
"Synopsis" by ,
Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

The Vigil, which first appeared in 1997, finds contemporary American master-poet C. K. Williams taking a more reflective and empathetic turn in his work. As Jonathan Aaron wrote in The Boston Globe: "A matchless explorer of the burdens of consciousness, Williams has always written brilliantly about human pain, that which we inflict upon others and upon ourselves, and that which we experience in dreading what we're fated for. In The Vigil Williams affirms the uncanny resiliency of love as solace for pain—what he calls 'these invisible links that allure, these transfigurations even of anguish that hold us' ('The Neighbor'). It is a mystery he has probed before, but never with quite such sympathy and candor."

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