C.K. Williams

Winner, 2003 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1999 National Book Awards

C. K. Williams (1936–2015) published twenty-two books of poetry including, Flesh and Blood, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Repair, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; and The Singing, winner of the National Book Award. Williams was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2005. He wrote a critical study, On Whitman; a memoir, Misgivings; and two books of essays, Poetry and Consciousness and In Time: Poets, Poems,and the Rest.
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The Singing

The Singing, by C.K. Williams, book cover 2003
ISBN 9780374529505 Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Although most of the poems in this collection deal with topics associated with aging - the loss of loved ones, fleeting memories of childhood, and love of grandchildren - the tone is reflective rather than strictly backward-looking. Events from the past function as reference points upon which to base an assessment of the present, not intended as hard and fast answers, but instead as tools for developing an informed perspective. More about this book >

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Repair

Repair by ck williams book cover
ISBN 9780374527068 Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Repair is body work in C. K. Williams's sensual poems, but it is also an imaginative treatment of the consternations that interrupt life's easy narrative. More about this book >

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C.K. Williams

C. K. Williams (1936–2015) published twenty-two books of poetry including, Flesh and Blood, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Repair, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; and The Singing, winner of the National Book Award. Williams was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2005. He wrote a critical study, On Whitman; a memoir, Misgivings; and two books of essays, Poetry and Consciousness and In Time: Poets, Poems,and the Rest.

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