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Author: C K Williams
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2004], ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st pbk. ed.]View all editions and formats
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In his first book of poetry since Repair, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, C.K. Williams treats the characteristic subjects of a poet's maturity-the loss of friends, the love of grandchildren, the receding memories of childhood, the baffling illogic of current events-with an intensity and drive that recall not only his recent work but also his early books, published forty years ago. He gazes at a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C K Williams
ISBN: 0374529507 9780374529505
OCLC Number: 57731365
Description: 72 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: I. The doe --
The singing --
Bialystok, or Lvov --
The happened --
Self-portrait with Rembrandt self-portrait --
Gravel --
Lessons --
Oh --
Narcissism --
Dissections --
Scale: I --
Scale: II --
Doves --
Flamenco --
Inculcations --
Sully: Sixteen months --
The world --
II: Of childhood the dark --
III: Elegy for an artist --
IV: War --
Fear --
Chaos --
The future --
The clause --
Leaves --
Night --
In the forest --
The hearth --
Low relief --
The tract.
Responsibility: C.K. Williams.

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In his first book of poetry since Repair, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, C.K. Williams treats the characteristic subjects of a poet's maturity-the loss of friends, the love of grandchildren, the receding memories of childhood, the baffling illogic of current events-with an intensity and drive that recall not only his recent work but also his early books, published forty years ago. He gazes at a Rembrandt self-portrait, and from it fashions a self-portrait of his own. He ponders an "anatomical effigy" at the Museum of Mankind, and in so doing "dissects" our common humanity. Stoking a fire at a house in the country, he recalls a friend who was burned horribly in war, and then turns, with eloquence and authority, to contemporary life during wartime, asking "how those with power over us can effect such things, and by what cynical reasoning pardon themselves." The Singing is a direct and resonant book: tough, searching, heartfelt, permanent. New work from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Repair, reality has put itself so solidly before me there's little need for mystery, except for us, for how we take the world to us, and make it more, more than we are, more even than itself-from "The World". In his first volume since Repair, C.K. Williams treats the characteristic subjects of a poet's maturity-the loss of friends, the love of grandchildren, the receding memories of childhood, the baffling illogic of current events-with an intensity and drive that recall not only his recent work but also his early books, published forty years ago.
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