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A Dream of Mind

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The poetry of C. K. Williams has won an essential place in contemporary American poetry. The long lines that have characterized his style since the mid-seventies have allowed him to make ever more radical forays into what Edward Hirsch, writing in The New York Times Book Review, has called "a unique and inclusive poetry of consciousness." A Dream of Mind (1992) is dominate ...more
Paperback, 99 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published June 1st 1992)
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Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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Williams's is a poetics of small observations. Even his longer poems can be traced back to a small observation that has grown... no, not grown, but has been magnified by the poet for all to see.

Williams's poems, often narrative based, are primarily written in the poet's voice or from the poet's perspective. There are exceptions. In this collection, the poems written in other voices have been formatted always italics
You know, I know you know: there's an ache in you, you want to make it stop, tha
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Actual Rating: 4.5 of 5 thorns

A quote from "The Solid," which I felt encompassed the tone, themes, and goals of this book: "At other, nearly simultaneous moments, I feel signals sent, intentionally or not, I can't tell, / which arrive to my consciousness as an irritation, almost an abrasion of the material of thought. / In some far corner of dream, someone wants, needs, with such vehement, unreasonable fervor, / that even from here I'm afflicted with what I can only believe is an equivalent chag
Jeremy Allan
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Unsettling, both in subject matter, as well as in the ways it forces me to expand my definition of "what is poetry." I never want to write like this. But worth reading.
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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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