Wait by C. K. Williams

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Wait finds C. K. Williams by turns ruminative, stalked by “the conscience-beast, who harries me,” and “riven by idiot vigor, voracious as the youth I was for whom everything was going too slowly, too slowly.” Poems about animals and rural life are set hard by poems about shrapnel in Iraq and sudden desire on the Paris Métro; grateful invocations of Herbert and Hopkins give way to fierce negotiations with the shades of Coleridge, Dostoevsky, and Celan. What the poems share is their setting in the cool, spacious, spotlit, book-lined place that is Williams’s consciousness, a place whose workings he has rendered for fifty years with inimitable candor and style.

About C. K. Williams

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C.K. Williams’s books of poetry include Repair (FSG, 2002), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and The Singing (FSG, 2003), winner of the National Book Award. He teaches at Princeton University and lives part of the year in France.
Published April 26, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Certainly the great democratic poet's influence is often apparent in Williams's writing, but where some have been rendered prolix and prosaic by the song of the open road, Williams writes from an agonised temperamental opposition to Whitman's expansive optimism: Williams is a pessimist who longs ...

Jan 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Wait: Poems

Publishers Weekly

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In his first new collection since his monumental Collected Poems, Pulitzer-winner and septuagenarian Williams delivers his best book in a decade, and one of his best outright.

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New York Journal of Books

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Apr 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Wait: Poems

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True, an occasional poem tangles in its own syntactic convolutions—“that this entity has a voice with which it can, or least could once, speak, and in a possibly historical/ but credible even if mythic past it did speak, to a small group of human beings,”—but such stumblings are rare.

Jul 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Wait: Poems

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