The Singing: Poems (Paperback)

Poems

By C. K. Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374529505, 80pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2004

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Description

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"

The awards given to C.K. Williams' two most recent books--a National Book Award for "The Singing "and a Pulitzer Prize for "Repair"--complete the process by which Williams, long admired for the intensity and formal daring of his work, has come to be recognized as one of the few truly great living American poets. 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." The Singing" is a direct and resonant book: searing, hearfelt, permanent.

"The Singing" is the winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Poetry.



About the Author

C. K. Williams (1936-2015) published twenty-two books of poetry including, Flesh and Blood, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Repair, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; and The Singing, winner of the National Book Award. Williams was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2005. He wrote a critical study, On Whitman; a memoir, Misgivings; and two books of essays, Poetry and Consciousness and In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest.


Praise For The Singing: Poems

"The poems in C.K. Williams' stunning new collection, The Singing, have a new density and clarity. They are clear about complex things, which one sees as slightly magnified, like pebbles on the bed of a very clear stream. Williams now realizes more than ever that 'your truths will seek you, though you still/must construct and comprehend them.' He succeeds at this task with a flair that tempers the regret that is the recurring note in these poems, and transforms it into something like joy." -- John Ashbery

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