Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, 1939-1962

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List price: $25.95
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 9/17/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Poet, artist, and practicing physician of Rutherford, New Jersey, William Carlos Williams wrote poetry that was experimental in form, ranging from imagism to objectivism, with great originality of idiom and human vitality. Credited with changing and directing American poetry toward a new metric and language, he also wrote a large number of short stories and novels. Paterson (1946--58), about the New Jersey city of that name, was his epic and places him with Ezra Pound of the Cantos as one of the great shapers of the long poem in this century. National recognition did not come early, but eventually Williams received many honors, including a vice-presidency of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1952); the Bollingen Prize (1953); the $5,000 fellowship of the Academy of American Poets; the Loines Award for poetry of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1948); and the Brandeis Award (1957). Book II of Paterson received the first National Book Award for poetry in 1949. Williams was named consultant in poetry in English to the Library of Congress for 1952--53. Williams's continuously inventive style anchored not only objectivism, the school to which he most properly belongs, but also a long line of subsequent poets as various as Robert Lowell, Frank O'Hara, and Allen Ginsberg. With Stevens, he forms one of the most important sources of a specifically American tradition of modernism. In addition to his earlier honors, Williams received two important awards posthumously, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1963) and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1963).

Preface
Poems 1939-1944
1939 The Swaggering Gait
The Deceptrices
Illegitimate Things
The Poet and His Poems
Defiance to Cupid
Tailpiece
The Rocking Woman
The Genius
The Approaching Hour
1940 A Portrait of the Times
Cherry Blossoms at Evening
The Ritualists
The Graceful Bastion
The Sleeping Brute
From a Window
River Rhyme
Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Ford
An Informative Object
To a Woman Seen Once
The New Clouds
1941 For the Poem Paterson
Detail (Her milk)
Sparrows Among Dry Leaves [first version]
St. Valentine
Sometimes It Turns Dry and the Leaves Fall Before They are Beautiful
In Sisterly Fashion
Detail (I had a misfortune)
Raleigh Was Right [first version]
The Unknown
Fertile
Detail (Hey!)
The Thoughtful Lover
The End of the Parade
Detail (Doc, I bin)
A Fond Farewell
The A B and C of It [first version]
A Love Poem
Comfort
Flattery
Pigheaded Poet
Details for Paterson
River Rhyme II
Brief Lief
Election Day
Conventional Ballad
10/14
The Predicter of Famine
The Last Turn [first version]
Three Poems for Horace Gregory
The United Front
To a Chinese Woman
The Fight
Jean Sans Terre
John Landless at the Final Port [first version]
Jean Sans Terre Circles the Earth Seven Times
Jean Sans Terre Leads the Caravan
Jean Sans Terre at the Final Port [second version]
Jean Sans Terre Reviews the Fathers
Jean Sans Terre Discovers the West Pole
Jean Sans Terre at the Final Port
Nicolas Calas: Four Poems
Wrested From Mirrors
The Agony Among the Crowd
Narcissus in the Desert
To regain the day again
Defense
The Petunia
An Exultation
The Yellow Season
1942 War, the Destroyer!
Passaic, N.J.
From a Play
Prelude in Boricua
1943 Gothic Candor
The Gentle Negress (No other such luxuriance)
1944 To the Dean
The Virtuous Agent
Thinking Back Toward Christmas: A Statement for the Virgin
The Wedge 1944
Author's Introduction
A Sort of a Song
Catastrophic Birth
Paterson: the Falls
The Dance (In Brueghel's great picture)
Writer's Prologue to a Play in Verse
Burning the Christmas Greens
In Chains
[In Sisterly Fashion]
The World Narrowed to a Point
The Observer
A Flowing River
The Hounded Lovers
The Cure
To All Gentleness
Three Sonnets
The Poem
The Rose (The stillness of the rose)
Rumba! Rumba!
A Plea for Mercy
Figueras Castle
Eternity
The Hard Listener
The Controversy
Perfection
These Purists
A Vision of Labor: 1931
The Last Turn
[The End of the Parade]
The A, B and C of It
[The Thoughtful Lover]
The Aftermath
The Semblables
The Storm
The Forgotten City
The Yellow Chimney
The Bare Tree
Raleigh Was Right
The Monstrous Marriage
[Sometimes It Turns Dry and the Leaves Fall Before They are Beautiful]
Sparrows Among Dry Leaves
Prelude to Winter
Silence
Another Year
The Clouds [first version]
A Cold Front
Against the Sky
An Address
The Gentle Negress (Wandering among the chimneys)
To Ford Madox Ford in Heaven
Poems 1945-1948
1945 Sunflowers
Threnody
The Rare Gist
To a Sparrow
The Phoenix and the Tortoise
1946 The Yellow Tree Peony
Translations of Paul Eluard--Poet of France
A Wolf (The good snow)
A Wolf (The day astonishes)
Uncertain of the Crime
Curfew
From the Outside
From the Inside
Hey Red!
Death by Radio
East Coocoo
At Kenneth Burke's Place
"The Rock-Old Dogma"
Approach to a City
The Usurers of Heaven
1947 Rogation Sunday
Lustspiel
The United States
The Resemblance
1948 The Birth of Venus
Seafarer
The Sound of Waves
The Counter
Period Piece: 1834
The Pause
April is the Saddest Month
For G.B.S., Old
The Modest Achievement
No Good Too
The Clouds 1948
Aigeltinger
Franklin Square
Labrador
The Apparition
The Light Shall Not Enter
A Woman in Front of a Bank
The Night Rider
Chanson
The Birdsong
The Visit
The Quality of Heaven
To a Lovely Old Bitch
The Bitter World of Spring
Lament
A History of Love
Mists Over the River
When Structure Fails Rhyme Attempts to Come to the Rescue
Education a Failure
The Banner Bearer
The Goat
Two Deliberate Exercises
Lesson From a Pupil Recital
Voyages
The Mirrors
His Daughter
Design for November
The Maneuver
The Horse
Hard Times
The Dish of Fruit
The Motor-Barge
Russia
The Act
The Savage Beast
The Well Disciplined Bargeman
Raindrops on a Briar
Ol' Bunk's Band
Suzanne
Navajo
Graph
The Testament of Perpetual Change
The Flower (This too I love)
For a Low Voice
The Words Lying Idle
Lear
Picture of a Nude in a Machine Shop
The Brilliance
A Unison
[The Semblables]
The Hurricane
The Province
The Mind's Games
The Stylist
Note to Music: Brahms 1st Piano Concerto
The Injury
The Red-Wing Blackbird
A Place (Any Place) to Transcend All Places
The Old House
The Thing
The Mind Hesitant
Tragic Detail
Philomena Andronico
The Clouds
The Pink Church 1949
Choral: the Pink Church
The Lion
Mama
New Mexico
A Rosebush in an Unlikely Garden
Song (If I)
The Words, the Words, the Words
Venus Over the Desert
"I Would Not Change for Thine"
[Mists Over the River]
The Love Charm
Poems 1949-1953
1949 May 1st Tomorrow
Apres le Bain
Spring Is Here Again, Sir.
The Hard Core of Beauty
Tolstoy
Cuchulain
Twelve Line Poem
Nun's Song
Another Old Woman
Wide Awake, Full of Love
Song (Pluck the florets)
Song (Russia! Russia!)
Translation
Convivio
The Rat
The Horse Show
Two Pendants: for the Ears
The Sale
All That Is Perfect in Woman
An Eternity
The Three Graces
3 A.M. The Girl with the Honey Colored Hair
1950 The Self
Moon and Stars
The Girl (The wall, as I watched)
Poem (Looking up, of a sudden)
And Who Do You Think "They" Are?
The End of the Rope
The Gentle Rejoinder
The Woodpecker
Ballad of Faith
The Non-Entity
Childe Harold to the Round Tower Came
Io Baccho!
Jingle
Every Day
The Complexity
A Note
Drugstore Library
The R R Bums
Incognito
Turkey in the Straw
The Lesson
To Close
Death (So this is death)
The Marriage of Souls
How Bad It Is to Say
Christmas 1950
1951 June 9
Still Life
December
Fragment (My God, Bill)
Mistrust of the Beloved
Passer Domesticus
Descent
1952 The Wrong Door
Paterson, Book V: The River of Heaven
1953 The Problem
The Clock of the Years
The Desert Music 1954
The Descent
To Daphne and Virginia
The Orchestra
For Eleanor and Bill Monahan
To a Dog Injured in the Street
The Yellow Flower
The Host
Deep Religious Faith
The Mental Hospital Garden
The Artist
[Work in Progress (Asphodel, That Greeny Flower: Book 1)]
Theocritus: Idyl I
The Desert Music
Journey to Love 1955
A Negro Woman
The Ivy Crown
View by Color Photography on a Commercial Calendar
The Sparrow
The King!
Tribute to the Painters
To a Man Dying on His Feet
The Pink Locust
Classic Picture
The Lady Speaks
Address
The Drunk and the Sailor
A Smiling Dane
Come on!
Shadows
Asphodel, That Greeny Flower
Poems 1955-1962
1955 On St. Valentine's Day
Hymn Among the Ruins
1956 To Friend-Tree of Counted Days
Reverie and Invocation
Ballad
1957 The Birth
This is Pioneer Weather
Sappho
The Loving Dexterity [first version]
At the brink of winter
1958 Five Translated Poems
Green Eyes
Naked (The azure yielder)
Piano Solo
The Infinite Horses
Ode to Laziness
1959 An Old-Fashioned German Christmas Card
Ali Chumacero: Two Poems
Widower's Monologue
The Wanderings of the Tribe
1960 Tribute to Neruda the Poet Collector of Seashells
Midwinter
The Cassia Tree
Popular T'ang and Sung Poems
The Maid
Lament of a Graying Woman
Society of Poets
To Li Po
To Meng Hao-jan
To Wang Wei
After the Party
Late Spring
Ce-Lia the Immortal Beauty
The Peerless Lady
A Letter
Spring Song (A young lass)
Summer Song (The Mirror Lake)
In the Wineshop of Chinling
Solo
The Youth on Horseback
The Knight
Drinking Together
The March
Long Banister Lane
The Visitor
Profile of a Lady
Visit
Chant of the Frontiersman
The Newlywed's Cuisine
Bella Donna Iu
In Dream's Wake
From Phoenix Undying
Spring in the Snow-Drenched Garden
The Old Man and the Child
Three Generations
1961 Construction
Cezanne
Bird Song
The Art
Greeting for Old Age
Still Lifes
Trala Trala Trala La-Le-La
The Moral
1962 The Orchard
Stormy
Pictures from Brueghel 1962
Pictures from Brueghel
Self-Portrait
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
The Hunters in the Snow
The Adoration of the Kings
Peasant Wedding
Haymaking
The Corn Harvest
The Wedding Dance in the Open Air
The Parable of the Blind
Children's Games
Exercise
Song (beauty is a shell)
The Woodthrush
The Polar Bear
The Loving Dexterity
The Chrysanthemum
3 Stances
Elaine
Erica
Emily
Suzy
Paul
Fragment (as for him who)
To a Woodpecker
Song (I'd rather read)
The Children
The Painting
The Stone Crock
He Has Beaten about the Bush Long Enough
Iris
Song (you are forever April)
The Dance (When the snow falls)
Jersey Lyric
To the Ghost of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
To Be Recited to Flossie on Her Birthday
Metric Figure (gotta hold your nose)
The Intelligent Sheepman and the New Cars
The Italian Garden
Poem (The rose fades)
A Formal Design
Bird
The Gossips
Exercise No. 2
The World Contracted to a Recognizable Image
The Fruit
Short Poem
Poem (on getting a card)
To Flossie
Portrait of a Woman at Her Bath
Some Simple Measures in the American Idiom and the Variable Foot
Exercise in Timing
Histology
Perpetuum Mobile
The Blue Jay
The Existentialist's Wife
A Salad for the Soul
Chloe
The Cocktail Party
The Stolen Peonies
The High Bridge above the Tagus River at Toledo
15 Years Later
The Title
Mounted as an Amazon
The Snow Begins
Calypsos
An Exercise
Three Nahuatl Poems
Sonnet in Search of an Author
The Gift
The Turtle
Sappho, Be Comforted
To My Friend Ezra Pound
Tapiola
Poem (The plastic surgeon)
Heel and Toe to the End
The Rewaking
A Note on the Text
Annotations
Tables of Contents for The Broken Span, Selected Poems and Collected Later Poems
Two additional translated poems from ... and Spain sings (1937)
Acknowledgments
Index of Titles in Volumes I and II
Index of First Lines in Volumes I and II

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