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Collected Poems

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Collected Poems brings together nearly four decades of C. K.Williams's work: more than four hundred poems that, though remarkable in their variety, have in common Williams's distinctive outlook--restless, passionate, dogged, and uncompromising in the drive to find words for the truth about life as we know it today.

Williams's rangy, elastic lines are measures of thought, an
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2006)
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Christina Rau
His collection is over 500 pages of verse. That's gotta say something about his talent. He writes about everything, anything. Friends and relatives, conversations, farms, birds, deer, dogs, war, love, cunts, gods, poets, death, philosophy. Nothing turns me off from a poem more than starting it out by talking about an animal. Animals and long-lines guarantee that I won't be reading it. Still, it's C. K. Williams, and he's a good poet.

As I skimmed, I marked off the poems that struck me as the ones
I'd like to give this one 4.5 stars. I really liked at least 60% of it, and that's saying a lot, considering this is much of a lifetime's output. Some of these poems are truly amazing and leave one speechless. Williams has a tremendous ability to go deep within and explicate the workings of the human mind in all its convolutions and insecurities and meanderings, without losing the poem's thread, grandstanding, or veering into boring or pointless territory. He's a master of drawing out a thought ...more
Williams' poetry is written for the ear, as poetry should be, but it seems I have a tin ear. I've been trying for some time to unlock the riddle of poetry, but I've had no success. I suppose I'll just have to give up. (sigh).
Wow. What a unique and powerful voice. His poetry is among the most urgent sounding you will ever read. A stark look at human suffering, but a powerful affirmation in the transcendence of love.
ali b
too long, didn't finish. ck williams' short-line poetry touched me more than his long-line. some really really golden bits in this thing though, stuff that'll really stick. he's good.
Jinxi Caddel
I simply cannot put into words how much I adore Williams work.

This edition is a magnificent collection of his brilliancy.
Laura Hartmark
C.K. Williams is a formidable poet and poetry professor. His compassionate insight can ground lightning.
Very interesting and moving and covers a wide range of his poems
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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 ...more
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