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Poems, 1963-1983

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This collection brings together the body of Williams' work published before Flesh and Blood, his 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award -winning fifth book.

Hardcover, 244 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1988)
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Matthew
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Poems: 1963-1983 brings together a selection of poems from C.K. Williams's first four collections: Lies , I Am the Bitter Name , With Ignorance , and Tar ...

From Lies ...
The man who owns sleep
is watching the prisoners being beaten
behind the fence.
His eyes pressed to the knothole,
he sees the leather curling into smiles
and snapping, he sees the intricate geography
of ruined backs,
the faces propped
open like suitcases
in the sunlight.

Who is this man
who's cornered the market
on sleeping?
He's not qu
...more
Sean
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
A good collection. 3.5 stars, author gets the base.
Mills College Library
811.54 W7221p 1988
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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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