C.K. Williams





C.K. Williams

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in Newark, New Jersey, The United States
November 04, 1936

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C.K. Williams was born and grew up in and around Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and English. He has published many books of poetry, including Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 1987. He has also been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry for 1998; a Guggeheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, a Lila Wallace Fellowship, the Los Angeles Book Prize, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He published a memoir, Mis...more


Average rating: 3.92 · 2,189 ratings · 218 reviews · 38 distinct works · Similar authors
Repair
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 323 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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Collected Poems
4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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The Singing
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Flesh and Blood
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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Selected Poems
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
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Wait
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Tar
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On Whitman
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How the Nobble Was Finally ...
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The Vigil
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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“I believe how you looked was supposed to mean, something graver, more substantial: I'd gaze at my poor face and think, "It's still not there." Apparently I still do. What isn't there? Beauty? Not likely. Wisdom? Less. Is how we live or try to live supposed to embellish us? All I see is the residue of my other, failed faces.
But maybe what we're after is just a less abrasive regard: not "It's still not there," but something like "Come in, be still.”
C.K. Williams, Repair: Poems

“Wasn't I rapt?
Wasn't I ravished?”
C.K. Williams

“This is the wisdom of art, the knowledge that beauty perhaps is the one undeniably unique attribute of the human.”
C.K. Williams

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