Stock Image

REPAIR

Williams, C. K.

486 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0374249326 / ISBN 13: 9780374249328
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux., NY:, 1999
Buy Used
Price: US$ 30.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

Offered By

Kathmandu Books
Winter Park, FL, U.S.A.

5-star rating

AbeBooks Seller Since December 30, 1997

About this Item

HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 10970

Quantity Available: 1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: REPAIR

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux., NY:

Publication Date: 1999

Edition: 1st edition

About this title

Synopsis:

The eighth book-and the most various yet-by a major american poet.

With his two previous books, a generous Selected Poems and The Vigil, C. K. Williams received great acclaim, including the PEN/Voelcker Award and the prestigious Berlin Prize. Repair represents an extraordinary outpouring of nearly fifty new poems. His subjects, again, are love, death, secrets 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. Here is a poet in full maturity, his mastery transforming everything he touches.

Review:

Randall Jarrell famously compared the likelihood of writing a good poem to that of being struck by a meteor. If that's the case, C.K. Williams has been defying the odds for almost 20 years, ever since he published Tar. That collection, which appeared in 1983, marked the debut of his poetic signature: the lengthy, elaborately discursive line, packed to the gills with novelistic detail. And since then, with Flesh and Blood and The Vigil, he's only refined his methods. At times Williams seems to be working that no man's land between prose and verse, daring us to read him as a rococo Raymond Carver--an Ash Can School unto himself. But he always manages to pull one more syntactical miracle from his hat, reminding us that he's a poet after all, and a superlative one.

In any case, he continues his winning streak with Repair. Here as before, Williams remains a meticulous observer of the natural world. But always he invests nature with meaning--and in his brilliant hands, the pathetic fallacy becomes anything but pathetic. Note, for example, how the subject of "Tree" takes on a very human quotient of knowledge and neurosis:

One vast segment of tree, the very topmost, bows ceremoniously against a breath of breeze,
patient, sagacious, apparently possessing the wisdom such a union of space, light, and matter should.

Just beneath, though grazed by the same barely perceptible zephyr, a knot of leaves quakes hectically,
as though trying to convince that more pacific presence above of its anxieties, its dire forebodings.

Elsewhere Williams works his magic on a pair of shoes, an urban rainstorm, racial tension, or (in what might be a first in his oeuvre) the "really quite inoffensive pop" of a stranger's flatulence. These subjects, too, lead him straight to his great preoccupation, which is consciousness itself. But not surprisingly, the 62-year-old poet has begun to concoct his own Intimations of Mortality, which focus precisely on that slow or rapid extinction of mind. "Last Things," "Not Soul," and "House" are all exquisite, melancholy variations on this single theme. Yet "Tender" is the real masterpiece in this category: a compact, deeply surprising lyric in which a dinghy (!) becomes a figure for our mortal imaginings: "An inflatable tender, tethered to the stern, just skims the commotion of the wake: / within it will be oars, a miniature motor, and, tucked into a pocket, life vests. / Such reassuring redundancy: don't we desire just such an accessory, faith perhaps, / or at a certain age to be comforted, not daunted, by knowing one will really die?" No sane reader can hear this poem without concluding that Williams has been struck by a meteor once again. --James Marcus

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Kathmandu Books specializes in Modern First Editions with an emphasis on Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction and Literature. We can also special order books including most small press titles in the U.S. and U.K. Want Lists Accepted.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

VISA / MasterCard / American Express, Personal Checks, Money Orders and PayPal accepted. Books can be held for 10 days pending payment. Books will be shipped via media rate unless otherwise requested. Rates are $3.99 for the first book plus $1.50 for each additional book. Priority rates are $10.50 for the first book plus $3.50 for each additional book. Overseas rates are slightly higher and will be quoted on an individual basis. Florida residents must also include 7% sales tax. All books can be ...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash PayPal