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Selected Poems

Williams, C. K.

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ISBN 10: 0374258813 / ISBN 13: 9780374258818
Published by Farrar Straus, 1994
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Title: Selected Poems

Publisher: Farrar Straus

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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The French poet Francis Ponge took his subjects largely from the worlds of inanimate objects and natural phenomena, but also sometimes wrote of humans and other creatures. His most important volumes, "Le Parti Pris des Choses" and "Pieces", are both well represented in this selection of his work.

From Publishers Weekly:

His Selected Poems sets the violent brooding of Williams's (A Dream of Mind) early writing against the lucid equanimity of his more mature work. The poetry spans three decades and offers an outline of his development. We get only occasional glimpses of the crude brutality that characterizes the poems from Lies (1969) and I am the Bitter Name (1972) in the mostly affirmative selections from Tar (1983), Flesh and Blood (1987) and his other recent books. Early, physically explicit and jarring poems like "Saint Sex" lead to the more cerebral work that has come to represent his style. The poems excerpted from The Lark. The Thrush. The Starling. (1983) reinforce a reader's impression of Williams's versatility while offering a formal alternative to the lengthy, Whitmanesque lines that he appears to prefer. And, though not ground-breaking, the dozen new poems here offer a closing, microcosmic view of his career with topically and stylistically familiar work. In "Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother," however, Williams unexpectedly uses a formal rhyme scheme to achieve the chilling impression of a cyclic children's song. Selected by the poet, this volume is a formidable retrospective.
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