Some Jazz a While: COLLECTED POEMS
Some Jazz a While, the eagerly anticipated collected poems of one of America's best-loved poets, gathers Miller Williams's most representative work and adds some new pieces as well. This generous collection welcomes newcomers as well as longtime admirers of Williams's trademark style: a compact and straightforward language, a masterful command of form, and an unsentimental...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by University of Illinois Press
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Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins credits Miller Williams with inspiring him, through the use of pointed criticism, to get serious about poetry. This is Williams' own collected poems. His words are spare, restrained and clear, always crisp and awe-inspiring. Best of all, whether he writes of his own muddlements or the culture's monumental messes, his words never get in the way of his ideas, which are kind and wise.