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Collected Poems Volume I 1909-1939 (2e)
Edited by Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan
Categories: 20th Century, American, Bestsellers
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback 2e (608 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2018)
William Carlos Williams' Collected Poems Volume I reissued as a Carcanet Classic
Described by Thom Gunn as ‘an ideal edition’, this first volume of William Carlos Williams’ Collected Poems is a vivid account of his formation as a poet, his time in Europe, and his interactions with the major players of Modernism (he never quite appreciated that he was one of them). The poems are printed in the order of original publication, starting with The Tempers (1913) and ending with Poems 1936–1939. Williams remains one of the most popular American poets of all time, Whitman’s heir but with a voice wholly unlike Whitman’s: provincial, particular, never quite settled. His material is the stuff of daily life, though he takes big risks of theme: ‘the urgent insurgent now’ that he lives and celebrates becomes history; it can generate energy even from the past.
'This is an essential book for anyone who is serious about poetry.'
Steven Hanson, the Manchester Review of Books
Praise for William Carlos Williams 'William Carlos Williams, paediatrician by day, literary giant of the evening hours, is one of the great experimentalists of twentieth century American poetry, and this summer we can all enjoy a reprint of his long poem Paterson, named after a town in New Jersey, newly reimagined in this wild, invigorating, free-form, jazz-like patchwork of prose and poetry, whose language veers from the headily philosophical to the footloose and wayward.'
Michael Glover, The Tablet
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