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William Carlos Williams: the power and the limits of poetry

William Carlos Williams’ The Flower (a petal, colorless) from 1930 is to my mind a quintessential Williams poem (you can read it here if you bear in mind that Williams wrote it in couplets). No one else could have written … Continue reading

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Out of the Shadows with Maldoror

Parle, et, puisque, d’après tes vœux les plus chers, l’on ne souffrirait pas, dis en quoi consisterait alors la vertu, idéal que chacun s’efforce d’atteindre, si ta langue est faite comme celle des autres hommes. —Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror … Continue reading

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My 10 favorite American poets

Anthony Braxton, one of my favorite living jazz musicians, said in a recent interview that You have to be honest about who you are, and the men and women who’ve influenced you. Part of learning from someone is to acknowledge … Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) earned a living as a physician in the days when being a doctor did not make a man rich. By his own account he saw a million and a half patients and delivered two thousand babies. … Continue reading

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