Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Kora in Hell” as Want to Read:
Kora in Hell
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Kora in Hell

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger

Paperback, 88 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1920)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Kora in Hell, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Kora in Hell

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Aug 06, 2011 Matt rated it it was ok
I guess I just didn't "get" the narrative of this in its entirety. However, I'm also not a fan of WCW's poetry...I was just interested in looking at this as a book-length poem...and for all I know it is brilliant...
Sep 18, 2010 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Even WCW wasn't sure what this book was. Reads mostly like a poet's journal and is full of private language.
Jan 28, 2016 J.I. rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
The preface is marvelous, and the poems are interesting. Is this all there is to say? For me, nearly, yes. There is a narrative aspect, and a place between that and the dada aesthetic that Williams is dabbling in, which can be wonderful, where Williams has a note "explaining" the abstract poem above in such a way that while sometimes it will actually help to contextualize it, it often complicates the poem or is so completely different, not applicable at all, that understanding is actually frustr ...more
James Cook
Jul 01, 2016 James Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this doesn't get five stars is WCW's painful need to put an explication beneath each one of the Improvisations. It seems to dull the edge and immediacy of the writing. Otherwise this is a great capture of Williams at his most experimental, and was a huge influence on my own early 'cubist' or 'modal' poetry, or whatever the hell I called it when I was 15.
Jan 15, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
my favorite from his catalog. so much so, i named my pup after it. I guess this one falls within what the 'literaries' call a bildungsroman. It's immensely powerful. I especially appreciate Kora when reading his later work; the ideas put down in this early, early work remain the focus of his career.
Ginger Price
Feb 06, 2016 Ginger Price rated it liked it
Am I wrong to like the preface so much more than the rest of the work? The preface alone was worth the read.
Vincent St. Percival
Apr 01, 2016 Vincent St. Percival rated it really liked it
One of the strangest books out there. Poetic gibberish, free association, imagism, and stream of consciousness.
Honestly, Kora in Hell is less interesting than the poetics he cobbles together in the introduction. Really brilliant stuff up in the first forty pages-- the ramblings of a pretentious madman.
Quinten Collier
Quinten Collier rated it liked it
Jun 03, 2016
Will Clark
Will Clark rated it liked it
Nov 04, 2009
Mark rated it really liked it
May 22, 2013
John Campbell
John Campbell rated it really liked it
Jun 14, 2008
Erin Ivie
Erin Ivie rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2010
J Wilson
J Wilson rated it really liked it
Feb 20, 2015
Hannah rated it really liked it
Feb 14, 2013
Ken Taylor
Ken Taylor rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2013
Jeff rated it it was ok
Jul 31, 2012
Sarah Teague
Sarah Teague rated it really liked it
Oct 18, 2015
Danılo Horă
Danılo Horă rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2016
C W rated it really liked it
Dec 16, 2012
Kevin rated it liked it
Aug 12, 2009
Cameron Edwards
Cameron Edwards rated it really liked it
Mar 19, 2013
Diana rated it it was ok
Mar 16, 2012
Carrie rated it it was ok
Oct 07, 2008
Ethan rated it liked it
Jul 09, 2013
Inna rated it it was amazing
Jan 27, 2011
Joshlynn rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2010
Molly rated it really liked it
Jul 03, 2012
Joshua rated it really liked it
Aug 02, 2014
Will rated it liked it
Mar 21, 2009
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
William Carlos Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician," wrote biographer Linda Wagner-Martin. During his long lifetime, Williams excelled both as a poet and a physician.

Although his primary occupation was as a doctor, Will
More about William Carlos Williams...

Share This Book

“Imagination though it cannot wipe out the sting of remorse can instruct the mind in its proper uses.” 16 likes
“Remorse is a virtue in that it is a stirrer up of the emotions but it is a folly to accept it is a criticism of conduct.” 14 likes
More quotes…